The world’s oldest captive male giant panda died on Thursday at the age of 35, according to the marine theme park where the panda lived in Hong Kong. The panda, which was euthanized, lived to be 105 years out of human years.
In a statement, Ocean Park said Ann’s health has been deteriorating for a few weeks and that her eating has “slowly but progressively” declined, along with a decrease in activity levels. Till last Sunday, he had stopped eating completely. According to the Associated Press, Panda developed high blood pressure, and was being kept away from visitors because of a fall.
“Ann lived a full life,” Park said, but on Thursday veterinarians euthanized the panda after consulting with conservationists.
“Ann is an essential member of our family and has grown with the park,” Paulo Pong, president of Ocean Park Corporation, said in a statement. “…Ann has brought us fond memories with many heartwarming moments. Her cleverness and playfulness will be greatly missed.”
Ann first went to the theme park in 1999. She was gifted to Hong Kong by the Chinese government along with Jia Jia, the world’s oldest giant panda at the age of 38 before she died in 2016. In the wild, giant pandas live in the middle. 14 and 20 years according to the World Wildlife Fund.
The giant panda was long considered endangered until last year, when China announced that more thanwere in the wild. The country was working to create nature reserves to help the species thrive and had designated at least 25% of its land for ecological protection.