World's oldest captive panda dies at 38

A giant panda in China

A giant panda in China

The World's oldest captive panda bear, Xinxing, died at the zoo in the central Chinese city of Chongqing at age 38, equivalent to more than 110 human years, the official People's Daily reported on Tuesday.

The animal began to present symptoms of drowsiness and loss of appetite in late October, and his health deteriorated dramatically in the following days, the park explained. Despite numerous experts trying to save his life, Xinxing finally died on December 8 due to his advanced age and multi-organ failure, which caused him respiratory and digestive infections.

The panda was born in the wild in 1982 in Baoxing County, Central Sichuan Province, where these animals were first discovered, and was transferred to the Chongqing Zoo at the age of one year. This female had a total of 153 descendants, which are not only found in China but also in other countries such as the United States, Canada or Japan.

According to the latest panda census conducted in 2014 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), there are less than 1,900 copies in the world, and its natural habitat is currently limited to six mountainous areas spread over the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu.

Efforts for its protection made it possible in 2016 to achieve raise your status from "endangered" to "vulnerable" on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


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