Basi, world’s old­est cap­tive panda dies

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SHANG­HAI: The world’s old­est cap­tive giant panda has died at the ripe old age of 37, more than 100 in hu­man years, her han­dlers in China said yes­ter­day as they gave Basi an emo­tional send-off. The Straits Giant Panda Re­search and Ex­change Cen­ter in south­east­ern China, where she has lived for 33 years, bid a heart­felt farewell to the bear, with a memo­rial ser­vice that fea­tured Basi’s body sur­rounded by yel­low flow­ers with the tip of her tongue stick­ing play­fully out. White roses, ar­ranged in the shape of a heart, also were laid in front of Basi’s favourite tree. 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 died of liver cir­rho­sis and kidney fail­ure, the cen­tre, which serves as a zoo known as Fuzhou Panda World, said. – AFP

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