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.
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.)