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Ming Ming Dies

May 17, 2011 by staff 

Ming Ming DiesMing Ming Dies, China’s State Media reported the death of the oldest in the world have been living panda, Ming Ming. The bear, 34 years to his death, said he died of kidney failure related to his age. China Daily Global Times reported that the blood had been seen in their waste in the days before his death. Ming Ming, died on May 7, but authorities held off announcing his death until now. His life was significantly longer than the lifespan of the creatures of his kind, even those in captivity, wild pandas are expected to live about 15 years, while the captives can live up to 22 years.

Ming Ming was rescued from nature in 1977 and had resided in a Xiangjiang zoo since 1998.

In 1986 he was transferred to Dublin Zoo for 100 days next to a giant male panda, Ping Ping.

In 1991, as part of the thawing of relations between China and the United Kingdom, Ming Ming was transferred to London Zoo as part of an international breeding project – which seemed doomed when teammate Chia Chia died a week before arrival.

To compensate for the absence Chia Chia, the Berlin authorities sent over a replacement male, Bao Bao – but never got with Mia Mia losing part of his ear during a fight between the two.

Death Ming Ming Bao Bao means that now holds the record for the oldest panda life, along with Hong Kong Jia Jia – both born in 1978.

There are about 1,600 giant pandas living in the wild-left, while around another 300 live in zoos around the world.

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