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World's oldest panda dies in Hong Kong

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 00:48

The oldest panda in captivity 38-year-old Jia Jia is put down in Hong Kong after suffering from a host of health problems. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The oldest giant panda living in captivity was euthanised in Hong Kong at age 38, after rapidly deteriorating health over the past two weeks. Zoo officials said Jia Jia's health had rapidly deteriorated in the past few days and that she was unable to walk without difficulties. Jia Jia had been suffering from severe arthritis, liver failure and was almost completely blind. Pandas are endangered because most of their natural habitat has been destroyed for timber, farming and construction, according to the World Wildlife Fund. A Chinese government survey in 2014 estimated 1864 pandas live in the wild, up 17 percent from 2003. They also have an exceptionally short breeding season, with females fertile for just 24 to 36 hours a year, says a nonprofit body, Pandas International.

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World's oldest panda dies in Hong Kong

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 00:48