The Oldest Giant Panda Tan Tan Dies Due To Heart Disease

by | Apr 2, 2024 | Environment, Wildlife

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The oldest giant panda in Japan, Tan Tan, has sadly passed away at the age of 28. The beloved giant panda Tan Tan spent 24 years at a zoo in Kobe, where she became a symbol of hope and recovery after the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck the region in 1995.

Tan Tan, equivalent to being in her 80s in human years, has been battling heart disease since March 2021. Despite receiving treatment, she succumbed to the illness. Zookeepers found her in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest on Sunday evening, and despite efforts to resuscitate her, she passed away later that night.

giant panda Tan Tan

A Legacy of Courage and Resilience

Tan Tan arrived in Kobe from China in 2000 under a 10-year lease. However, her stay was extended twice after the Chinese authorities agreed to prolong her contract. Originally scheduled to return to China in July 2020, her journey was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequently, her return was further delayed as she required medical attention for her heart condition.

In recent years, Tan Tan’s health has been declining, and the zoo has refrained from showcasing her to the public since 2022. Despite her reduced activity and increased sleep, Tan Tan remained an inspiration to locals, particularly after the devastating earthquake that shook the region.

At a news conference, Yujiro Kako, the zoo’s director, expressed gratitude to everyone who had supported and shown love for Tan Tan over the years. He emphasized her role in bringing courage to local residents and children, especially during challenging times like the earthquake.

Tan Tan’s legacy as a symbol of resilience and hope will live on in the hearts of those who knew her. Her presence at the zoo brought joy and comfort to countless visitors, and her memory will continue to inspire future generations.

The passing of giant panda Tan Tan marks the end of an era at Kobe Oji Zoo, but her spirit will forever remain a cherished part of its history. As the zoo mourns the loss of its oldest resident, it also celebrates the enduring impact she had on the community and the world. Tan Tan’s journey may have come to an end, but her legacy will endure as a testament to the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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