KUMING CITY, China (CBS) -- A zoo in southwest China installs a television to entertain a panda lonely after her companion was moved elsewhere, state media reports.
When her companion was moved away from their zoo in southwest China last week, panda Sijia appeared dejected and depressed, and stopped eating properly, keepers said. So on Monday (April 14), worried staff at the Yunnan Wild Animal Park in Kunming city installed a television to entertain the lonely panda.
Sijia's companion Meixi was returned to her native Sichuan on March 31, making Sijia the only panda in the whole of Kunming city. The television, swing and bars were installed after advice from citizens, CNS said.
According to a local Kunming paper, keepers played images of Sijia and Meixi playing together when they first arrived from Sichuan.
Pandas, the rarest species of bear, reside primarily in bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China. About 1,600 pandas live in the wild, according to conservation organization WWF.