In 1987, a female panda stayed in San Diego for six months, and was greeted by 2.5 million visitors.
Now, 28 years later, that beautiful young panda is a grandma who needs help with eating. She is the oldest living panda in China, and her name is Bass.
Bass was born in 1980 in Sichuan Province. When she was 4 years old, a large area of bamboo stopped flowering in her hometown, and Bass lost her main food source.
The starving panda was rescued in a place called Bass Valley, and that’s how she got her name.
Bass later settled down in Fujian Province. There she was looked after very well, and also learned circus skills. Bass is the oldest superstar in her panda family, and performed in front of journalists from many countries at the closing ceremony of the Asian Games held in Beijing in 1990.
The average life span of a wild panda is 15 years, so Bass is like a 100-year-old grandma in the panda world. Since 2000, her health has been worsening. She was diagnosed with hypertension and cataracts, and has survived three big life tests over the last 15 years.
The birthday celebrations, hosted by the Fujian Panda center, will last half a year to raise public awareness of panda protection and their natural habitat.