World's oldest panda in captivity dies at 37

2017-09-14 15:42:46 | From:

The world's oldestpandain captivity has died at the age of 37 in East China's Fujian Province on Wednesday.

That's equivalent to 100 years for humans.

Basi was born in 1980 in Baoxing County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province. Chinese people considered her a celebrity and was the prototype for the mascot Panpan of the 1990 Beijing Asian Games.

Basi died at 8:50am on September 13, 2017 at the Straits Giant Panda Research and Exchange Center in Fuzhou, facility officials said.

"Losing Basi is one of the things that bothers me most," Chen Yucun, head of the facility, tearfully told China Central Television, adding that he did not go home for a month just to attend to Basi.

The facility assigned a special team of 20 specialists to take care of Basi when her health began to deteriorate on June 8.

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