World’s old­est panda in cap­tiv­ity dies

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HONG KONG: The world’s old­est panda in cap­tiv­ity died on Sun­day aged 38 at a theme park here.

Jia Jia was put down af­ter her health de­te­ri­o­rated over the last two weeks, leav­ing her mostly un­able to walk, said a state­ment from Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Born in the wild in China’s Sichuan prov­ince in 1978, Jia Jia was given to Hong Kong two years af­ter the city’s han­dover by Britain in 1997.

As her health de­clined over re­cent days, her food con­sump­tion slumped from more than 10kg a day to less than three. Her weight also dropped.

“Her state be­came so de­bil­i­tated that in or­der to pre­vent suf­fer­ing, vet­eri­nar­i­ans from the Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries and Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment and Ocean Park agreed to a hu­mane eu­thana­sia for Jia Jia,” the theme park said.

“This is a day we knew would even­tu­ally come, but it is nev­er­the­less a sad day for ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially the keep­ers who took care of her over the years,” Ocean Park chair­man Leo Kung said. – AFP

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