Ming Ming the Panda has died. The resident of a Zoo in Guangdong province was 34, the oldest recorded age ever reached by a Panda. The typical lifespan for Pandas in captivity is 22 years, while for wild Pandas it is estimated to be just 15 years.
Ming Ming appears to have been the same Panda who visited Dublin for 100 days in 1986. I was less interested in Pandas then, and so failed to go and see her.
I hope that now she is in Panda Heaven, stuffing her face with bamboo.
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