Pan Dee

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Pan Dee
Chinese name 潘弟 [1]
Other name班棣 [1]
BornAround September 1940
DiedOctober 4, 1945 [2]

Pan Dee was a female giant panda [3] born around in September 1940 in China [2] and settled in Bronx Zoo of New York. [4]


In 1941, Soong May-ling presented two giant pandas, Pan Dee and Pan Dah, [5] to the Bronx Zoo. [6] The gift of the two giant pandas was the inception of China's modern "panda diplomacy" and established the political gift model of "panda diplomacy". [7]

On October 4, 1945, Pan Dee died of peritonitis. [8]


On April 29, 1942, an all-American children's contest to name giant pandas launched by the United States Association for the Relief of Chinese Refugees was announced. The pair of giant pandas were named "Pan Dah" and "Pan Dee". [8]

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