China and Japan lock horns over dead panda
China is to seek $500,000 (€390,000) in compensation from Japan for the death of a giant panda it lent to a zoo.
Experts in China say the panda died in Oji Zoo, Kobe, during a routine operation last week because it was given too much sedative.
The communist country's rulers said yesterday they were sending a panel of experts to investigate the death of Xing Xing, a 14-year-old male, who suffered a suspected heart attack.
China's state media said Xing Xing had been on loan to the zoo since 2002 and was granted five more years in Japan.
The China Wildlife Conservation Association says a breeding agreement with Japan includes a stipulation for $500,000 in compensation should a panda die, Shanghai's Oriental Morning Post reported. (© Daily Telegraph, London)