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Happy birthday Basi! World’s oldest captive panda turns 37

world Updated: Jan 18, 2017 22:55 IST

Basi, the oldest captive giant panda alive, eats a cake as people celebrate its 37 birthday.(REUTERS)

Basi, the oldest giant panda living in captivity, celebrated her 37th birthday on Wednesday wearing a crown and getting a special birthday cake.

Keepers pose for photos with giant panda Basi on her birthday at Fuzhou Panda World in Fuzhou, east China's Fujian province. (AFP)

Tourists eagerly snapped photos as Basi, whose age is equivalent to 140 human years, slurped a soup of maize flour and eggs from a cake-shaped bowl at the Fuzhou Giant Panda Research Centre in southern China.

The panda can only be fed liquids and a small amount of bamboo leaves, state broadcaster CCTV said.

A little tourist waves at Basi. (AFP)

Basi has high blood pressure and needed cataract surgery several years ago, but overall she was in good health, CCTV said.

Although the International Union for the Conservation of Nature downgraded the giant panda’s status to “vulnerable” from “endangered” in September last year, the species still relies on conservation programmes, conservationists say.