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34-year-old panda dies in Berlin

Aug. 22, 2012 at 7:14 PM

BERLIN, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A German zoo Wednesday announced the death of panda Bao Bao, who was believed to have been the oldest living male of his species in the world.

Zoo Berlin said the panda, born in China in 1978, was a gift to the facility from the Chinese government in 1980 and spent time in London from 1991 to 1993 in an unsuccessful attempt to get him to breed with a female panda.

Zoo officials said Bao Bao died Wednesday morning in his enclosure and the body will be examined to determine the cause of death. The officials said his health appeared to have been declining in recent months.

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