On Monday, the chief veterinarian at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., disclosed that a giant panda cub that died this weekend had irregularities with its liver and strange fluid in its abdomen. Officials say they are still waiting for lab reports to determine a precise cause of death. The demise of the cub, which lived for only six and a half days, is seen as a cruel setback to efforts to revitalize the giant panda population, which has dwindled to a little more than 1,600.
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