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World's oldest panda Jia Jia dies at 38

Published 16/10/2016

File photograph taken on July 28, 2015, giant panda Jia Jia looks on during her 37th birthday at an amusement park in Hong Kong, making her the oldest giant panda ever kept in captivity, ageing to the equivalent of more than 100 in human terms. Jia Jia died on October 16, 2016, aged 38. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
File photograph taken on July 28, 2015, giant panda Jia Jia looks on during her 37th birthday at an amusement park in Hong Kong, making her the oldest giant panda ever kept in captivity, ageing to the equivalent of more than 100 in human terms. Jia Jia died on October 16, 2016, aged 38. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Giant panda Jia Jia eats bamboo next to her birthday cake made with ice and vegetables at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, as she celebrates her 37th birthday. Ocean Park says a veterinarian euthanized 38-year-old Jia Jia on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 evening to prevent further suffering and for ethical reasons. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
File photograph taken on July 28, 2015, giant panda Jia Jia eats a bamboo stick next to her cake made of ice and fruit juice to mark her 37th birthday at an amusement park in Hong Kong, making her the oldest giant panda ever kept in captivity, ageing to the equivalent of more than 100 in human terms. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

The world's oldest giant panda in captivity, Jia Jia, died on Sunday at her home in a Hong Kong theme park.

Ocean Park said a vet put the 38-year-old to sleep because her health was deteriorating to prevent further suffering and for ethical reasons.

Guinness World Records recognized Jia Jia as the oldest giant panda to live in captivity.

The average lifespan for a panda in the wild is 18 to 20 years, while in captivity it is 30 years, according to Guinness.

Born in the wild, Jia Jia was taken to live at a breeding center in China's Sichuan province in 1980, when she was around two.

She and another panda were given to Hong Kong as a gift from Beijing in 1999, two years after China took control of the city from Britain.

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