On this day: April 1

POSTED: 09:55 AM PDT Mar 28, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 31, 2016 

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OTD April 1 - Su-Lin
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1938: Su-Lin, the first panda to live in captivity outside China, dies at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago after a twig became lodged in his throat, leading to a throat infection and pneumonia. The panda, originally thought to be a female, was brought to America as a cub by Manhattan socialite Ruth Harkness, who had captured Su-Lin on an expedition to Tibet in November 1936. The body of Su-Lin is now on display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.


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