World’s Oldest Male Panda Dead At 31

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2016 has claimed another one. The world’s oldest male panda, Pan Pan, died at age 31. He was diagnosed with cancer six months ago.

He has more than 130 descendants, which is a quarter of the world’s captive-born panda population. Pan Pan was born in Sichuan in China, but he was taken into captivity when he was just a few months old.

Tan Chengbin, a keeper at the China Conservation and Research Centre for Giant Panda in Dujiangyan, told the Xinhua news agency:

“Pan Pan was the equivalent to about 100 human years, but he had been living with cancer and his health had deteriorated in the past three days. He had lost consciousness.”

The world’s oldest female panda is 36-year-old Basi; 38-year-old Jia Jia died in Hong Kong in October. Pandas usually only make it to 20-years-old in the wild.

Featured image via Twitter.

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