Mexico City, Mexico – Mexico lost its oldest panda on June 15. The giant panda, named Shuan Shuan, spent the day celebrating her 15th birthday at the Chapultepec Zoo.
According to a news release from Mexico City’s Environment Department, Shuan Shuan enjoyed a birthday with “hundreds of drawings and a giant cake with dates and apples.” And she passed away the same day – exactly 35 years after she was born.
Shuan Shuan was born in captivity, but her ancestors were born in China and gifted to Mexico in 1975 in honor of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the countries, reports Yahoo News.
The news release did not provide Shuan Shuan’s cause of death, but at 35 years of age, she surpassed the expected lifespan for a giant panda in the wild and even exceeded the expectation for a panda in captivity.
Rest in peace Shuan Shuan.