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Both Edinburgh Zoo pandas out of public view due to colic

Tian Tian
Image caption Tian Tian has now been diagnosed with a mild form of colic

Both pandas at Edinburgh Zoo have been removed from public display after coming down with colic.

A spokeswoman for the zoo said that the female panda Tian Tian had been diagnosed with a mild form of the condition.

The male, Yang Guang, was taken off display two weeks ago after contracting a more serious bout.

However, the zoo said he was now recovering and was expected to be back on display on Monday.

The pandas arrived from China on 4 December and are the only giant pandas in the UK.

The spokeswoman said: "Tian Tian, our female giant panda, has been under the weather this morning.

"One of our vets has been to visit her and suspects she has a bit of colic, similar to Yang Guang but much milder.

"She is being allowed time to relax privately away from public view today and probably tomorrow also."

Welfare priority

She added: "Yang Guang is expected to go back on public view on Monday.

"We understand some visitors will be disappointed, however the welfare of our giant pandas has to be a priority.

"All visitors with panda tickets today have been fully refunded, welcomed into the Zoo for free and invited to re-book for a suitable future date."

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