Monday 26 June 2017

World's oldest male panda 'Pan Pan' dies aged 31

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The world's oldest male panda named Pan Pan, has died aged 31 from cancer.

Pan Pan was born in Sichaun in China and was taken into custody when he was a few months old.

The world's oldest panda is Basi, a 36-year-old female who lives in China.

Pan Pan died early on Wednesday morning at the Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda.

Keepers described his death as "heart wrenching".

Keepers said he had stopped moving and eating, and lost consciousness, as his health had deteriorated rapidly.

There is an estimated 1,864 adult pandas in China with some 422 in captivity.

It;s belieevd wild pandas have the lifespan of 20 years.

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