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Ocean Park celebrates 35 years of giant panda An An

Last week, Ocean Park hosted the birthday parties of three giant pandas Ying Ying, Le Le and An An, who will turn 35 this month, billing themselves as the longest-living male giant panda under human protection. Of the history.

Residing at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sichuan Treasures, rescued An An is the park’s first generation giant panda.

Giant pandas in the wild typically live around 20 years on average, and those in human care can reach up to 30 years. An An, 35, can be considered an elderly person because his age is about 105 years in human age.

He is now believed to be the world’s longest-lived male giant panda in human care in history.

To mark the moment, the park’s wildlife team teamed up with Häagen-Dazs to custom-make a brightly colored frosted cake as a birthday blessing for An An. The park also invited the young panda duo giants Le Le and Ying Ying, who turns 16 on August 8 and 16, to join in the celebration.

The specially designed cakes were made with the trio’s favorite foods, including bamboo, sweet potato, carrot, pear and Fuji apple, topped with their names and ages.

On another note, the park added that the young couple had succeeded in their natural mating attempts earlier this year and that Ying Ying had been showing typical pregnancy symptoms since late July.

These symptoms include decreased appetite and prolonged rest time. Yet these factors could also be indicators of pseudopregnancy, according to the Park.

Animal caretakers will continue to closely monitor Ying Ying’s hormone levels and behavioral changes, and will update the public on the latest developments as information becomes available.

In the meantime, to allow the breeding team to take better care of them, Giant Panda Adventure is temporarily closed until further notice.