The Straits Times
Published on Aug 22, 2012

World's oldest male panda dead at 34


BERLIN (AFP) - The oldest male panda bear in the world, a gift from China to former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, died on Wednesday aged 34 in Berlin, its zoo said.

Bao Bao, the last remaining panda in Germany, was a present from then Chinese communist leader Hua Guofeng to Mr Schmidt during a state visit in November 1980.

The panda lived with its companion Tjen Tjen until her death in 1984 and then was alone in Berlin, despite an unsuccessful attempt to mate him with a female panda called Ming Ming in London in 1991.

During another Chinese state visit, this time by Mr Li Peng in 1994, another panda was promised to the zoo and one year later Yan Yan arrived in Berlin.