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World's Oldest Captive Panda Has Died

Jia Jia was 38, thought to be oldest ever held in captivity
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 16, 2016 12:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Hong Kong theme park says the world's oldest-ever panda in captivity has been euthanized because her health was deteriorating, reports the AP. Ocean Park says a veterinarian euthanized 38-year-old Jia Jia on Sunday to prevent further suffering and for ethical reasons. Guinness World Records recognized Jia Jia as the oldest giant panda to live in captivity; the BBC notes that her age is equivalent to more than 100 in human years. The average lifespan for a panda in the wild is 18 to 20 years, while in captivity it's 30 years, according to Guinness.

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Born in the wild, Jia Jia was taken to live at a breeding center in China's Sichuan province in 1980, when she was around 2. She and another panda were given to Hong Kong as a gift from Beijing in 1999, two years after China took control of the city from Britain. (Read more panda stories.)

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