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 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 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.
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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