Veterinarians are keeping a close eye on a giant panda that received surgery for a serious stomach issue in East China’s Zhejiang province.


The four-year-old male panda, Cheng Jiu, remains in a critical condition after having an operation that took a large amount of indigestible food from his stomach on Friday, according to sources with the Hangzhou Zoo where the panda lives.

根据来自大熊猫生活的杭州动物园的消息,这只名为Cheng Jiu的四岁大熊猫在接受手术后仍处于危机状态,周五的手术从其胃部取出了大量不能消化的食物。

In late February, the panda’s keeper found him eating less and suffering from low energy. He was diagnosed with acute stomach distention and underwent a four-hour operation.


In the 48 hours following the surgery, he suffered reflux multiple times, according to a spokesperson with the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province. It is unclear whether the panda may have postoperative complications, the spokesperson said.


There are no medical records of pandas with similar conditions and no successful experience to learn from, the spokesperson added.


The giant panda was sent from the Chengdu base to the Hangzhou Zoo in September 2016. Described as an extrovert and smart by his keeper, Cheng Jiu loves apples and tree climbing.