Thursday, 21 September 2017

Farewell, Basi: World's Oldest Captive Panda Dies at 37

By Sarah B. Puschmann, Staff Writer | September 14, 2017 12:45pm ET

The oldest giant panda in captivity died yesterday (Sept. 13) at the advanced age of 37, according to the state-run Chinese news outlet Xinhua News Agency.
The panda, named Basi, died of multiple causes, including cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure, the animal's keepers said.
"Basi has left, but her beautiful image and Basi spirit will forever be in our hearts," said Chen Yucun, director of the Straits Giant Panda Research and Exchange Center in Fuzhou, China, which housed Basi, according to Agence France-Presse. (In Fujian province, where Fuzhou is the capital, "basi" has come to mean "beautiful," according to Pandas International, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization.) 

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