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Tan Tan Goes to Panda Heaven

KOBE, Apr 02 (News On Japan) –
Kobe’s Oji Zoo has introduced the loss of life of ‘Tan Tan’, a feminine big panda that had been a favourite amongst guests for over 20 years.

According to the zoo, Tan Tan, the oldest big panda in Japan, aged 28, which is roughly equal to 100 human years, died on Sunday evening.

Born in 1995 at a panda breeding heart in Sichuan Province, China, Tan Tan was loaned to the Kobe Municipal Oji Zoo in Nada Ward on the age of 4 in 2000. Her arrival was an emblem of hope and restoration following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. Tan Tan shortly turned widespread for her endearing conduct, reminiscent of energetically consuming bamboo and lounging round.

Her mortgage interval was prolonged twice, and he or she was scheduled to be returned to China in July 2020. However, because of the cancellation of direct flights to the return vacation spot brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, she remained on the zoo. In 2021, a coronary heart situation was found, and though she had been beneath remedy and never on public show, her urge for food and exercise ranges had declined since October final 12 months, indicating a deterioration in her bodily features. From the thirteenth of final month, she was largely in a sleeping state, and regardless of round the clock monitoring by the zookeepers, Tan Tan was present in a inclined place with weak respiratory on the evening of the thirty first. Efforts to resuscitate her have been unsuccessful, and he or she handed away roughly two hours later.

Yujiro Kako, the director of Oji Zoo, expressed his gratitude: “She came to us soon after the earthquake and gave courage to the citizens of Kobe, witnessing our city’s recovery. She was like the sun, always bringing a smile to those who saw or met her. I can only say thank you.”

The zoo plans to arrange a floral tribute stand from the 2nd and is contemplating holding a farewell occasion to honor Tan Tan’s reminiscence.

Source: NHK