World's oldest panda dies in China

Giant panda Basi imitates her keeper to wave at visitors on her 35th birthday.
CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS

Giant panda Basi imitates her keeper to wave at visitors on her 35th birthday.

China is mourning the loss of the world's oldest panda, Basi, who has died at the age of 37.

Caretakers in the eastern city of Fuzhou said Basi was suffering from a number of ailments, including liver and kidney problems, when she died on Wednesday.

Her body is to be preserved and placed in a museum dedicated to her life.

Basi eats a cake on her 37th birthday,
CHINA DAILY/REUTERS

Basi eats a cake on her 37th birthday,

Pandas are generally considered old after reaching 20 but can live for many more years in captivity, where they can be treated for diseases and shielded from accidents.

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Giant panda Basi eats a cake on her 35th birthday.
CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS

Giant panda Basi eats a cake on her 35th birthday.

An estimated 1864 live in the wild, where they are threatened chiefly with habitat loss, and around 420 others live in captivity in zoos and reserves, the majority within China.

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