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World's oldest panda in captivity dies

By chinadailyasia.com
World's oldest panda in captivity dies
Female giant panda Jia Jia enjoys its meal at Hong Kong Ocean Park, south China, May 27, 2016. ( Li Peng/Xinhua )

HONG KONG - The oldest giant panda living in captivity, 38-year-old Jia Jia , was euthanised in Hong Kong after rapidly deteriorating health over the past two weeks, her owners Ocean Park said on Sunday.

The oldest giant panda living in captivity, 38-year-old Jia Jia, was euthanised in HK after rapidly deteriorating health

Her keepers at Ocean Park said Jia Jia, whose name means "good", was 38 and had suffered drastic weight loss, was barely eating and unable to walk.

The statement issue by Ocean Park said Jia Jia was sleeping most of the time in recent days. On Sunday morning, she was unable to walk. Veterinarians attending her said all that was left for them to do was to ease her pain.  Then came the decision to put her down.

Jia Jia was a gift to Hong Kong from the central government, marking Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, in 1997.  Jia Jia arrived along with the male panda, An An in 1999.

Jia Jia’s 38 years were equivalent to 114 human years. She was acknowledged by the Guinness World Records as the oldest living panda in captivity and the oldest panda ever living in captivity.

Last year, the Ocean Park threw Jia Jia a high-profile birthday party to celebrate her long life.

World's oldest panda in captivity dies

World's oldest panda in captivity dies
In this file photograph taken on July 28, 2015, giant panda Jia Jia looks on during her 37th birthday at an amusement park in Hong Kong, making her the oldest giant panda ever kept in captivity, ageing to the equivalent of more than 100 in human terms. ( Philppe Lopez / AFP)

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