An An, world’s oldest male giant panda in captivity, dies at 35

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HONG KONG – An An, the world’s oldest giant panda living in captivity, died Thursday at a theme park in Hong Kong.

He was 35 years old, or 105 in human years.

Officials at Ocean Park, a marine mammal park, aquarium and education park, said Anne had been euthanized after showing signs of his health steadily deteriorating in the past few weeks, “with his food intake slowly but gradually declining.” By Sunday, he had stopped eating solid food at all, they said.

They added that An An had been largely inactive in his final days and had received medical attention to ease the discomfort.

Veterinarians from the park, the local Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the county made the decision to euthanize An An in consultation with the China Research and Conservation Center for Giant Pandas.

“An An has brought us beautiful memories with many warm moments,” Paulo Bong, The president of Ocean Park Corporation, said in a statement. “His intelligence and humor will be greatly missed.”

Visitors are invited to leave messages of condolence in the guest books outside the panda pen and at the zoo official Facebook page.

An An arrived in Hong Kong of China in 1999 as a gift from Beijing with Jia Jia, which was the largest female giant panda in the world. Jia Jia was 38 years old when she passed away in 2016.

Ocean Park has two other pandas, Ying Ying and Le Le, who arrived in 2007. The panda is notorious for breeding poorly in captivity and in the wild, and Ying Ying and Le Le did not mate naturally until 2020 (the pair did not reproduce) distance).

Officials in China, where the giant panda is a national symbol, said last year it is It is no longer an endangered speciesand reclassified as “vulnerable” now that there are more than 1,800 in the wild. An additional 600 pandas live in captivity around the world.

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