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Ming Ming, World’s Oldest Panda, Dies at 34 (VIDEO)

Ming Ming, World’s Oldest Panda, Dies at 34 (VIDEO)

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.

This video and this video show giant pandas in Xiangjiang Wild Animal World, where Ming Ming lived:

 

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1:08PM PDT on May 29, 2011

We remember Ming Mings trip to London. Rest in Peace.
Beautiful animals Pandas.

5:32PM PDT on May 25, 2011

thanks

2:24PM PDT on May 25, 2011

REST IN PEACE GIRL YOU HAD A LONG LIFE AND I HOPE IT WAS A GOOD ONE

4:17PM PDT on May 23, 2011

May there be more pandas in the wild. There is a reason they are endangered.

8:33PM PDT on May 21, 2011

You will be missed beautiful girl! Rest in peace.

6:54PM PDT on May 21, 2011

Rest in peace, Ming-Ming -- you will be missed!

12:57PM PDT on May 21, 2011

Farewell Ming Ming.

12:05AM PDT on May 21, 2011

Ming Ming is in heaven! All animals go to heaven. May the lord watches over her soul.

7:19AM PDT on May 20, 2011

Ming Ming, my heart goes to you. I know you are safe and happy now and I hope that your years on earth were good. Giant pandas are magnificent, beautiful, spectacular creatures. I wish I could have given you a hug, my sweet... all my love to you.

6:46AM PDT on May 20, 2011

FREE AT LAST!!!!!!!!!! NO ANIMAL SHOULD BE KEPT AS A LIFE LONG PRISONER IN A ZOO

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