Japan’s only giant panda, Ling Ling, died of old age today at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo. Ling Ling was 22 years and seven months old. This is the equivalent age of a 70-year-old human. Mourners said a pray for Ling Ling and placed flowers at a makeshift altar near his enclosure. Ling Ling was removed from public viewing two days ago, because he was suffering from heart and kidney failure.
The zookeeper said, “Ling Ling was a representative of our zoo. He died peacefully. I think he lived a full life.”
Ling Ling was the only giant panda owned by Japan. There’s 8 giant pandas in Japan, but they are all being leased by China.
R.I.P. Ling Ling!