World's Oldest Male Giant Panda, An An, Dies Aged 35

The oldest male Giant Panda under human care has died. An An, was 35 years old when he was euthanised in Hong Kong today, 21 July.


An An was 35 years old when he was euthanised
An An was 35 years old when he was euthanised

An An had shown signs of deteriorating health over the last few weeks, the Giant Panda was the human equivalent of 105 years old.



Vets decided it was time to end his life as his food intake and activity levels had severely decreased.


An An was gifted to Hong Kong in 1999 by the Chinese government
An An was gifted to Hong Kong in 1999 by the Chinese government

An An was housed at Ocean Park, an animal and marine facility in Hong Kong. He had lived there since 1999 when he was given as a gift from the Chinese government.



The China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda had been consulted, it confirmed.


The Giant Panda's health had deteriorated over the last few weeks
The Giant Panda's health had deteriorated over the last few weeks

Paulo Pong, chairman of Ocean Park, said in a statement: "An An is an indispensable member of our family and has grown together with the park. "He has also built a strong bond of friendship with locals and tourists alike."


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