“LingLing” and “XingXing”
http://english.ourpanda.com/ 2013-06-26 16:15:38
“Linlin”and “Xingxing”, were gifts to the United States from Mao Zedong in commemoration of President Richard Nixon 's ice-breaking trip to China in 1972. The pandas had been captured in the wild in June and December of 1971. They arrived at the National Zoo in Washington, DC , on April 16, 1972, and were formally received several days later, on April 20th, at a ceremony attended by First Lady Pat Nixon . While at the zoo, they attracted millions of visitors each year.
During their time at the National Zoo, the pair had five cubs, but none of them survived past a few days.
Ling-Ling died suddenly from heart failure in December 1992, [ 2 ] at which time she was the longest-lived giant panda in captivity outside China . Hsing-Hsing would go on to pass her record when he was euthanized by zookeepers in November 1999 at the age of 28 due to painful kidney failure . Following Hsing-Hsing's death, the zoo received thousands of letters and cards from people across the country expressing sympathy.