The world’s oldest giant panda has set two world records on her 37th birthday.
Jia Jia celebrated her 37th birthday at Ocean Park in Hong Kong. Guinness World Records marked the occasion by certifying two world records: oldest panda ever in captivity and oldest panda living in captivity.
Her age has been described as the equivalent of 110 to 111 human years. Born in 1978, Jia Jia has been at Ocean Park since 1999.
The previous record holder was named Dudu, who lived in China and reached the age of 36. Giant pandas typically only live around 20 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity. The Mirror reports that only about 8 of 400 pandas are over the age of 30.
Jia Jia is said to be in satisfactory health, but takes several medications, including those for high blood pressure and arthritis. She also has poor eyesight.
She was given a special birthday cake made from bamboo ice, grenadine, mint syrup and apple.