Good­bye to beloved Basi

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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

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