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The world’s oldest known male giant panda in captivity has died at age 35, the equivalent of 105 human years, the Hong Kong theme park that cared for him said on Thursday, July 21.
Ocean Park Hong Kong said the beloved panda, named An An, was euthanized Thursday for welfare reasons after his health deteriorated.
“An An’s health showed steady signs of deterioration over the past few weeks, with his food intake
declining slowly but progressively,” the park said in a statement emailed to Storyful.
An An was gifted to the park in 1999 by the Chinese government, along with a female panda Jia Jia, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 38. She was the world’s longest-living known female giant panda at the time of her death.
“We are truly thankful for the opportunity to take care of Jia Jia and An An throughout the years so that the park could develop into an important base for panda conservation,” Ocean Park Chairman Paulo Pong said in a statement. “An An has brought us fond memories with numerous heart-warming moments. His cleverness and playfulness will be dearly missed,” he said.
Flowers were laid at An An’s enclosure and a book of condolences was opened.
Footage released by the park shows An An celebrating his 35th birthday last year. Credit: Ocean Park Hong Kong via Storyful