May 17, 2011

World’s Oldest Panda Dies Of Old Age

The world's oldest panda died of old age on Tuesday at the age 34.

The New York Times reported that Ming Ming was rescued in Pingwu country in the southwest province Sichuan in 1977 and had resided in Xiangjiang Wild Animal World, a safari park in southern Guangdong province, since 1998.

The report said that she lived longer than most pandas.

Pandas in the wild normally only live for 15 years, while those in captivity live for about 22 years.

The China Panda Protection Center in Sichuan confirmed in a statement that Ming Ming died on May 7.

According to the Times, blood was found in the panda's urine on May 2 and medical experts determined her kidney had failed due to old age.

Vets found her organs had deteriorated, which resulted in the kidney failure.

Giant pandas are among the world's most endangered species, with about 1,600 living in the wild and over 300 bred in captivity at zoos.

China has been known to loan pandas to zoos around the globe.