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Macau's giant female panda Xin Xin, gift from Beijing, dies of kidney failure

HONG KONG - Macau says the female half of a giant panda couple that the Asian gambling hub received as a gift from Beijing has died from kidney failure.

The southern Chinese city's government said Monday that the panda did not show any clinical signs of illness during a routine physical exam in May but was unco-operative during training. After a week of treatment, she showed signs of improvement. But over the past two weeks her kidney function deteriorated rapidly.

Macau's panda park said that Xin Xin, who was nearly six, was declared dead at 8:18 p.m. on Sunday.

Xin Xin and her mate Kai Kai arrived in Macau in late 2010, after China's then-president Hu Jintao promised the city a pair when he visited the city a year earlier.

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