“The panda, a 16-year-old male, was found on November 30 lying in a gully in the wild in Baoxing County in Ya'an, Sichuan Province,” staff with the China Research and Conservation Centre of the Giant Panda said.
"It was producing a lot of mucus and has a lung infection. At 16-years-old it has entered its senior years but its health remains stable," said Wang Chengdong, a veterinarian who examined the animal.
The panda also has mouth and nose injuries, which doctors suspect resulted from tussling with other animals.

It has been taken to the center's Dujiangyan base where it will be anesthetized and receive medical examination.
Only 1,864 giant pandas live in the wild, mostly in the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Shaanxi.
The average life span of a giant panda is 25 years.

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