Jia Jia (1978-2016), female giant panda, pedigree 230, belonged to one of the first pair of giant pandas (the other was An’an, male) presented to Hong Kong by the mainland in 1999 to celebrate the second anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to the PRC.
Born in 1978 in Qingchuan, Sichuan, the most obvious feature of Jia Jia is that there is a V-shaped gap in its right ear, which is estimated to be caused by injuries in the wild when it was small.
On July 28, 2015, Hong Kong Ocean Park celebrated its 37th birthday for the female giant panda “Jia Jia”. On the same day, the Certification Officer of the Guinness World Records announced that “Jia Jia” had renewed two Guinness World Record honors, becoming “the longest-lived captive giant panda to date” and “the longest-lived captive giant panda in the world”. According to the reports, a 37-year-old panda is equivalent to a 110-year-old human being.
China Daily. October 17th.
According to a comprehensive foreign media report, on October 16, the world’s longest-lived captive giant panda “Jia Jia” died at the age of 38 in Hong Kong Ocean Park. Wild pandas typically live around 18 to 20 years of age.
In the last few weeks before her death, Jia Jia was apparently eating much less. Her daily intake of bamboo dropped from more than 10 kilograms to less than 3 kilograms, and her weight also dropped from 71 kilograms to 67 kilograms. In her last two weeks, Jia Jia’s health deteriorated sharply. And in the last few days, Jia Jia became less and less awake and had no interest in food at all.
In the morning of the 16th, the situation of Jia Jia took a turn for the worse and could not even move around. The veterinarians from the Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the Ocean Park agreed to euthanize Jia Jia after performing medical consultation and treatment on her.