The world’s oldest captive giant panda has died at age 37 — more than 100 years in human years — her handlers in China said on Thursday 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.
State television reported live on Thursday from the zoo where Basi lived in southeastern China, which held a memorial in her honour.
Basi had lived at the facility since being rescued from the wild after she fell into a river in southwestern China at the age of four or five, it said. She was named after the valley where she was found.
Source: News agencies