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Jia Jia, world's oldest giant panda, passes away at 38

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India TV News Desk, Beijing [Published on:17 Oct 2016, 15:54:27]

A giant panda believed to have been the oldest ever kept in captivity has died at the age of 38, officials in Hong Kong told media.

The death of Jia Jia, whose age in human terms was 114 years, was announced by the Ocean Park, the theme park in Hong Kong where she lived.

The female panda was euthanised on Sunday night, following rapid deterioration in her health over the past two weeks, Ocean Park said in a statement. 

Her food consumption had drastically fallen over recent weeks, from 10 kg a day to under three, leading to a four kg weight loss, EFE news reported, citing the statement. 

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“Over the past few days, she has been spending less time awake and showing no interest in food or fluids. Her condition became worse this morning (Sunday), Jia Jia was not able to walk," the statement further said 

Jia Jia, whose name meant "good", was a gift from the Chinese government to Hong Kong in 1999, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the former British colony's handover to the mainland. 

The average life expectancy for pandas living in captivity is under 20 years, making Jia Jia's longevity unique among her species. 

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the destruction of the natural habitat of the giant pandas in the wild has reduced their population to less than 2,000. 

Their low birth rate also means breeding in captivity has become key to ensuring its survival. 

While Jia Jia was in Hong Kong, she had six offspring, spread over five deliveries. 

(With agency inputs)

oldest giant panda dies- India Tv
The world's oldest giant panda in captivity, Jia Jia, has died - India TV