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The First Panda in America

In 1936, US socialite Ruth Harkness and her Chinese-American guide captured a panda cub. She took it to New York and kept it in her flat and before selling it to a Chicago zoo.

In November 1936, a US socialite and her Chinese-American guide captured a giant panda cub in the forests of China. Ruth Harkness took the cub to the USA and kept it in her New York flat, before selling it to a Chicago zoo.

Photo: Quentin Young, the panda cub and Ruth Harkness. Courtesy of Jolly Young.

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Tue 26 Nov 2013 08:50GMT

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  • Tue 26 Nov 2013 08:50GMT

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