Jia Jia, oldest ever giant panda, celebrates 37th birthday with ice cake, bamboo
Life expectancy of pandas is around 20 years, and Hong Kong’s Jia Jia is around 110 in human years.
Hong Kong's giant panda, Jia Jia, celebrated her 37th birthday in style on Tuesday as she was awarded two Guinness World Record titles.
The oldest giant panda ever in captivity tasted a vegetable ice cake, and, of course, bamboo in celebration of her 37th birthday.
Jia Jia was recognized Tuesday as holding two Guinness World Records, the oldest ever and the oldest living giant panda. Her mate, An An, also marked a birthday, his 29th.
Born in 1978, Jia Jia was sent to Hong Kong Ocean Park with An An in 1999. They were given by China to mark the second anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover.
Jia Jia had six babies and four are still living.
The park’s veterinary service director, Paolo Martelli, says typical panda life expectancy is around 20 years, and only eight of about 400 pandas living in captivity today are older than 30.
Giant panda Jia Jia eating bamboo next to her cake made of ice and fruit juice to mark her 37th birthday at an amusement park in Hong Kong on July 28. It may not be considered a landmark birthday for humans, but turning 37 made Jia Jia the oldest ever giant panda in captivity and puts her at the equivalent of more than 100-years-old in human terms.
So, he says, “it’s quite exceptional to reach such an old age for a panda.”
Jia Jia’s age is equal to about 110 for humans. She suffers high blood pressure and arthritic pain, although her health is stable.