World's Oldest Panda Jia Jia Turns 37
Geege Schuman stashed this in Pandas
Today I learned a panda ages 3 human years for every year it lives.
On July 28th, Jia Jia, a famous and beloved panda at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park, turned 37 years old and became a Guinness World Record holder for being the oldest captive panda ever! 37 years may not seem like very much to you, but that’s 111 in human years!
To mark the occasion, a special giant cake was made out of ice and vegetables. Unsurprisingly, however, the old granny stuck with what she knows and loves – bamboo shoots. She barely touched her present!
The previous record was 36 years.
The previous record holder for oldest panda ever in captivity, Dudu, was born in 1962 and lived until 1999, reaching the ripe old age of 36 years. The average lifespan of a giant panda is only 18-20 years in the wild and 30 in captivity, so both Dudu and Jia Jia’s milestones are impressive, indeed!