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Oldest captive giant panda Basi dies at 37

The world’s oldest captive giant panda died at age 37 on Sept 13, more than 100 in human years. Her handlers gave “Basi” an emotional send-off befitting a minor celebrity. Pandas in the wild have an average life span of about 20 years, but those in captivity generally live longer. She was something of a beloved star in China and her birthdays were often celebrated with gusto. State television reported live on Sept 14 from the zoo where Basi lived in East China, which held a memorial in her honor.