Ocean Park Hong Kong lulled 38-year-old Panda. It was the largest representative of its species living in captivity. Reportedly, the condition of the animal in the last days of life deteriorated and the decision to euthanize him was dictated by ethical considerations.
Panda was named Jia Jia, which translates from Chinese as “good”. Her age “in human terms” was about 114 years old. The animal was suffering from high blood pressure, arthritis and cataracts.
Two weeks ago, the oldest Panda has been eating less — the amount of her food quickly decreased from ten to three pounds a day. While the animal’s weight dropped from 71 to 67 kilograms. Farther away, the less the Panda ate and slept more. Sunday morning her condition became worse — she couldn’t stand and spent the whole day lying down. As a result, the vets came to the conclusion that Jia Jia should be put to sleep so as not to prolong suffering.
Jia Jia was born in the wild in 1978. At the age of two she was placed in a breeding Center for pandas in the reserve in Chinese Volange, and in 1999 came to Hong Kong. As reported by those who cared about the Panda, she had a quiet but friendly nature and developed maternal instinct.
At the moment, Ocean Park remains the three pandas: eleven-year-old Ying Ying and Le Le, the health of each of which does not cause any concerns, and also thirty An An suffering from problems such as high blood pressure and arthritis. The Hong Kong authorities have not decided whether they will ask Beijing to provide them with another Panda. It is also not yet fully resolved the question of what fate awaits the body of Jia Jia.
We will remind, recently the international Union for conservation of nature decided to transfer for pandas from the category of endangered species in the category vulnerable, thereby implying that the chance of this species completely disappear from the face of the Earth lately has declined significantly. The researchers suggest that climate change threatens pandas, but the measures taken by the Chinese authorities for their conservation (in the range from the establishment of new reserves prior to the imposition of the death penalty for killing pandas) has helped this threat to compensate.