Goodbye to beloved Basi
THE world’s oldest captive giant panda has died at age 37 – over 100 in human years, her handlers in China said yesterday as they gave “Basi” an emotional send-off befitting a minor celebrity.
Basi outlived most of her peers by nearly two decades. Pandas in the wild have an average lifespan of about 20 years, but those in captivity generally live longer.
She was a beloved star in China and her birthdays were often celebrated with gusto.
State television reported live yesterday from the zoo where Basi lived in southeastern China, which held a memorial in her honour. — AFP
CHARISMATIC: Giant panda 'Basi' sniffs a birthday cake