Ming Ming, the world’s oldest panda, has died. She lived at the Xiangjiang Wild Animal World in China’s Guangdong province, says the Guardian. Wild pandas typically live for 15 years and ones in captivity live for 23: Ming Ming was 34 years old and died of old age and kidney failure.
The New York Daily News recounts some details of her life:
She had been living at the zoo since 1998 but had travelled the world in her youth — spending time in zoos in London and Ireland.
Ming Ming caused a bit of a diplomatic stir when she refused to mate with London Zoo’s resident male Bao Bao.
She was recalled to China in disgrace after the two fought and failed to produce any cubs.
Ming Ming had been brought into captivity in 1977 after being rescued from the forest of Sichuan Province, where she had been abandonded as a cub.
Only about 1,600 pandas live in the wild — they are one of the world’s most endangered species. China has about 300 pandas living in captivity and has been trying to increase the population through a breeding program.
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