World’s oldest panda in captivity dies
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