On July 28th, Jia Jia, a famous and beloved panda at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park, turned 37 years old and became a Guinness World Record holder for being the oldest captive panda ever! 37 years may not seem like very much to you, but that’s 111 in human years!

To mark the occasion, a special giant cake was made out of ice and vegetables. Unsurprisingly, however, the old granny stuck with what she knows and loves – bamboo shoots. She barely touched her present!

The previous record holder for oldest panda ever in captivity, Dudu, was born in 1962 and lived until 1999, reaching the ripe old age of 36 years. The average lifespan of a giant panda is only 18-20 years in the wild and 30 in captivity, so both Dudu and Jia Jia’s milestones are impressive, indeed!

More info: (h/t: time)

Jia Jia just celebrated her 37th birthday (that’s 111 in human years)!

She set the Guinness World Record for oldest living captive panda and oldest captive panda ever

The folks at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park got her a big veggie-ice cake, but she barely touched it

She stuck with her old favorite – bamboo!


This her pic from an earlier birthday

A video about Jia Jia’s big day: