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China morns the death of oldest Panda
FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, file photo, Basi the giant panda eats plants during ceremonies to mark her 35th birthday at the Fuzhou Giant Panda Research Center in Fuzhou in southeastern China's Fujian province. Basi passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at the age of 37. Caretakers in the eastern city of Fuzhou said Basi was suffering from a number of ailments, including liver and kidney problems, when she died. (Chinatopix via AP)

China morns the death of oldest Panda

China is mourning the death of the world’s oldest panda, Basi, who passed away at the age of 37.

Caretakers in the eastern city of Fuzhou said Basi was suffering from a number of ailments, including liver and kidney problems, when she died Wednesday.

Her body is to be preserved and placed in a museum dedicated to her life.

Pandas are generally considered old after reaching 20 but can live for many more years in captivity, where they can be treated for diseases and shielded from accidents.

An estimated 1,864 live in the wild, where they are threatened chiefly with habitat loss, and around 420 others live in captivity in zoos and reserves, the majority within China.

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