World’s Oldest Giant Male Panda Dies at 35

An An, the world’s oldest male giant panda in captivity, died on Thursday following health issues at age 35.

Hong Kong Ocean Park officials said An An was euthanized after signs that his health had been steadily deteriorating in the recent weeks “with his food intake declining slowly but progressively”.

An An had been largely inactive in his final days and received medical care to alleviate pain.

An An was 105 in human years.

“An An is an indispensable member of our family and has grown together with the Park. He has also built a strong bond of friendship with locals and tourists alike. An An has brought us fond memories with numerous heart-warming moments. “His cleverness and playfulness will be dearly missed,” said Paulo Pong, Chairman of Ocean Park Corporation.

Pong said An An’s survival beyond the average life expectancy shows the Hong Kong Ocean Park’s ongoing commitment to giant pandas.

The Chinese central government gave An An as a gift to the Hong Kong Ocean Park in 1999, along with Jia Jia, who died in 2016 at age 38.

The World Wide Fund for Nature said a panda’s average life span in the wild is 14–20 years, but they can live longer in captivity.

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