Watch This | Giant pandas in US on their way home after suspected ‘abuse’
According to Reuters, the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee announced on Dec. 21 that it would return the pandas Yaya and Lele to China, ending their 20-year lease.
The news about the US pandas Lele and Yaya has attracted international attention in recent years, especially after several protests by the World Organization for Animal Protection, which pushed the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee into the limelight for suspected abuse of the pandas.
On Jan. 20, 2021, a netizen reported that the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee, US, was suspected of not taking good care of the pandas Yaya and Lele. Both pandas are underweight, eat very little, and show obvious signs of stereotypic behavior, a physical manifestation of mental suffering, otherwise known as zoochosis.
In response, the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens said that Yaya is over 20 years old and suffering from a skin disease, leading to its bad condition.
According to the Association, there is no problem with the supply of bamboo and housing for the pandas, and the communication with the Memphis Zoo will continue.