Panda Hall closed temporarily
The Taipei Zoo will close its Panda Hall for four days starting today to prepare for the mating of its two giant pandas — Tuan Tuan (團團) and Yuan Yuan (圓圓), and hopes that a baby panda can be born in the zoo as early as May. Taipei Zoo director Jason Yeh (葉傑生) said yesterday that Yuan Yuan showed obvious signs of estrus in the past two days, including walking around and an increase in body temperature, and Tuan Tuan also reached maturity this year. He said the following four days are a “critical time” for a possible breeding, and the zoo would consider using artificial insemination if the pair failed to breed during the period. It was the first time the zoo has closed the Panda Hall. The zoo has invited two experts from the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Centre in Sichuan Province to help with the breeding.
Chiang case investigated
Taipei prosecutors yesterday examined the Air Force Songshan Base Command to investigate the rape and murder of a five-year-old girl 14 years ago and determine whether Chiang Kuo--ching (江國慶), who late last month was found by the prosecutors to have been wrongfully executed by the military for the crime, was tortured during the investigation. Prosecutors said that according to the military’s investigation, the girl was raped and murdered in a restaurant restroom, and her body was found outside the restaurant. Prosecutors said they carefully examined the site and examined a room where Hsu Jung-chou (許榮洲), who has been detained by the court on suspicion of committing the crime, lived while a solider at the base. Prosecutors also visited an investigation room where Chiang was allegedly seriously tortured before making a confession.