Oldest panda has died at the age of 100 human years in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong government said it was saddened by the news of Jia Jia's death
The Hong Kong government said it was saddened by the news of Jia Jia’s death

A giant panda believed to have been the oldest ever kept in captivity has died at the age of 38, officials say.

The death of Jia Jia, whose age in human terms was more than 100 years, was announced by the Hong Kong theme park where she lived.

Her condition had worsened rapidly in recent weeks and she had lost her appetite, according to local reports.

She was put down by vets at Ocean Park, where she had lived since 1999.

In a statement obtained by BBC Chinese, a Hong Kong government spokesman thanked the park for providing Jia Jia with care and support and added that it was “saddened” by the news.

The park in Hong Kong held a high-profile celebration for Jia Jia’s 37th birthday at her enclosure in July 2015.

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