Memphis Zoo responds to concerns, says giant pandas are healthy

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MEMPHIS, TENN. — Are Ya Ya and Le Le ok?

Photos of the two pandas at the Memphis Zoo are circulating online after some people say the rare animals look malnourished and not well taken care of.

The zoo is now responding to these concerns and say the two giant pandas on loan from China are perfectly healthy.

A spokesperson with the Memphis Zoo sent FOX13 this statement:

“Our veterinary team reports the appearance of Ya Ya’s skin and coat varies considerably throughout the year due to a number of factors. Ya Ya is in very good health and, like all of our animals, she is observed very closely by our animal care and veterinary teams on a daily basis.”

Zoo leaders say both Ya Ya and Le Le get 100 to 150 pounds of fresh bamboo each day.

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They will eat around 40 to 50 pounds of that, which is normal for pandas.

Photos and videos of the pandas were sent to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for evaluation.

A spokesperson said diagnostic testing show both Ya Ya and Le Le are healthy.

The AZA sent in this statement:

“The veterinary records and diagnostic testing show that both Yaya and Lele are healthy animals. Diagnostic testing shows that Yaya does not have any underlying medical or malnutrition issues. She has always had a body conformation and seasonal hair thinning atypical of the public expectation of a large, plump, fluffy, full faced Giant Panda. Yaya has a great personality and interacts happily with her mate Lele, zoo staff, and guests. "

Both bears are in their 20s and have lived at the Memphis zoo for 18 years.