World's oldest panda in captivity dies in China
22 dec 2020
A Chinese zoo has announced that Xinxing, the world's oldest giant panda in captivity, also known as "granny panda", has died of multiple organ failure at the age of 38 years and four months. She was born in 1982. Her age was equivalent to more than 110 human years.
She died at a zoo in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.
According to a report by Xinhua, on October 21, Xinxing started to show symptoms of drowsiness and loss of appetite. After that her condition worsened and she developed shortness of breath, cough and abdominal distension. Although experts did their best to save her, she passed away on December 8.
Analysis showed that old age and multiple organ failure led to complications and eventual death of Xinxing.
Not many pandas have lived to be over 30 years.
Her offspring are spread across China and in other countries and regions including the United States, Canada and Japan.