Royal treatment for a VIP (very important panda)

Giant panda Basi eating a cake handed out by a keeper to celebrate its 35th birthday at a research centre in Fuzhou, the capital of China's Fujian province yesterday. Basi is the second-oldest panda in the world, according to panda expert Zhang Guiqu
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Giant panda Basi eating a cake handed out by a keeper to celebrate its 35th birthday at a research centre in Fuzhou, the capital of China's Fujian province yesterday.

Basi is the second-oldest panda in the world, according to panda expert Zhang Guiquan from the Wolong National Nature Reserve. He said that one year of a panda's life is equivalent to three or four years for humans.

A 38-year-old panda in Hong Kong, named Jia Jia, is the world's oldest.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 29, 2015, with the headline 'Royal treatment for a VIP (very important panda)'. Print Edition | Subscribe