Basi at Panda World in Fuzhou, capital of China’s east Fujian Province on August 14, 2011. Basi is the oldest known giant panda. She is 31 years old, which roughly equals the human age of 120 years old.
She was found starving high in the rugged Qionglai Mountains of central China. The starving female panda, who was named Basi after the gully in which she was found (Ba Si Gou), was nursed back to health in a Baoxing County giant panda rescue station that had been set up by the Chinese government. Basi was starving because the bamboo died in 1983, the year before she was rescued, in several regions of the Qionglai Mountains. After Basi regained her strength, she moved to the Fuzhou Zoo.
© Rita Petita.