'Oldest' panda in captivity Jia Jia dies at the age of 38


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, the park said.

She was put down by vets at Ocean Park, her home since 1999.

"She was a member of our family and she will be deeply missed... she has served as an important animal ambassador for her species," the park said in a statement.