World’s oldest male panda in captivity dies in Hong Kong
Hong Kong, Jul 21 (EFE).- An An, the world’s oldest male panda in captivity, died on Thursday at the age of 35 in an amusement park in Hong Kong.
“Ocean Park is deeply saddened to announce the loss of An An, the world’s longest-living male giant panda under human care, on 21 July 2022,” the amusement park said in a statement.
The panda was euthanized after his health was showing “steady signs of deterioration” in recent weeks, Ocean Park said.
“An An lived a full life that ended at the respectable age of 35, the equivalent of 105 years in human age,” it added.
An An arrived in Hong Kong on 11 March 1999 with Jia Jia, the world’s longest-living female giant panda who passed away in 2016 at the age of 38.
“We are truly thankful for the opportunity to take care of Jia Jia and An An throughout the years so that the Park could develop into an important base for panda conservation,” Paulo Pong, chairman of Ocean Park Corporation, said.
“An An has brought us fond memories with numerous heart-warming moments. His cleverness and playfulness will be dearly missed,” he added. EFE