Oldest Male Panda Dies At Berlin Zoo

One of Berlin Zoo’s star animals, the giant panda Bao Bao has died this week at the age of 34. The male panda died in his enclosure on Wednesady, but the cause of his death is still unknown say staff at Berlin Zoo. In a statement made by the zoo, staff noted how “sad” Bao Bao’s death is adding that  “We will take a remarkable farewell. Bao Bao will always remain unforgettable.” The zoo will examine the body to try and determine the cause of death.  The giant panda’s passing is all the more sad as he had been the oldest living male panda in the world, however staff noted how in recent months they could see his condition deteriorating become more slow and noted his physical decline.

Bao Bao was given to Berlin Zoo by the Chinese government in November 1980 along with a female panda called Tian Tian. However Tian Tian ded in February 1984 which left her male counterpart alone – he stayed alone until November 1991 when he was shipped to London to mate with Ming Ming, however the union wasn’t successful so he flew back alone in May 1993. In 1995 he was given a new friend, a female panda called Yan Yan who was on loan from Beijing, she lived with Bao Bao for 12 years until her death in March 2007.

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