JIA Jia (佳佳), one of the four giant pandas in Ocean Park, died on 16 October.
At 38 years old, she was very old for a giant panda, which usually lives to about 20 years old. In fact, she was the oldest giant panda living in captivity, and had a Guinness World Records certificate to prove it.
In recent years, she had health problems because of old age. Cataracts in both eyes made her unable to see well. She also suffered from arthritis and high blood pressure.
The week before she died, she would eat only very little food daily, and her weight dropped by four kilograms. It was difficult for her to walk. Vets decided to put her down to end her suffering.
Jia Jia was one of two pandas given to Hong Kong by Beijing in 1999. The other was An An. Jia Jia was born in 1978 and lived in the wild until she was two years old. She was taken to Qingchuan in Sichuan Province in 1980 and then to Wolong Nature Reserve.
(This article is published on Goodies on 26 October 2016)