According to the marine theme park in Hong Kong where the panda resided, An An passed away on Thursday at the age of 35, making him the world’s oldest male giant panda in captivity. In human years, the panda that was euthanized lived to be 105.
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Oldest Male Giant Panda Died At 35
Ocean Park released a statement saying An An’s health has been deteriorating for a few weeks, with his activity level and eating habits declining “slowly but progressively.”
This past Sunday was the first day he went without food. The Associated Press reports that the panda has developed high blood pressure and has been isolated from the public as its condition continues to deteriorate.
The park claimed that “An An lived a full life,” but after consulting with conservationists, veterinarians put the panda to sleep on Thursday.
“An An is an indispensable member of our family and has grown together with the Park,” said Ocean Park Corporation chairman Paulo Pong. “… An An has brought us fond memories with numerous heart-warming moments. His cleverness and playfulness will be dearly missed.”
In 1999, An An made his first visit to the amusement park. Like Jia Jia, the world’s oldest giant panda who lived to be 38 years old before her death in 2016, he was a gift to Hong Kong from the Chinese government. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the average lifespan of a giant panda in the wild is between 14 and 20 years.
China announced last year that 1,800 giant pandas were living in the wild, refuting a long-held belief that the species was extinct. At least 25% of the land in the country has been set aside for ecological preservation, and the country has been working to establish nature reserves to aid the species’ growth.
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