Oldest ever giant panda celebrates with bamboo, veggie cake

Oldest Panda in Captivity Heading for World Record

HONG KONG (AP) -- The oldest giant panda ever in captivity tasted a vegetable ice cake and, of course, bamboo in celebration of her 37th birthday.

Jia Jia was recognized Tuesday as holding two Guinness World Records, the oldest ever and the oldest living giant panda. Her mate, An An, also marked a birthday, his 29th.

Born in 1978, Jia Jia was sent to Hong Kong Ocean Park with An An in 1999. They were given by China to mark the second anniversary of Hong Kong's handover.

More adorable photos of Jia Jia, the world's oldest panda:

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Oldest ever giant panda celebrates with bamboo, veggie cake
'Jia Jia', a panda from China, bites some bamboo leaves in its enclosure during the official opening at the River Safari in Singapore on November 28, 2012. Two giant pandas, aged four and five-years old and on loan from China for 10 years to the Wildlife Reserve Singapore (WRS), will make their official public appearance on November 29. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
'Jia Jia', a panda from China, rubs its back in its enclosure during a media preview at the River Safari on October 29, 2012. Two giant pandas, aged four and five-years old and on loan from China for 10 years to the Wildlife Reserve Singapore (WRS) - the parent company to the city's Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, are being housed in a custom-built 1,500 square metre (16,145 square foot) enclosure costing 6.9 million USD within WRS's newest attraction, the River Safari, will open to the public for a special preview on November 29. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
'Jia Jia', a panda from China, is pictured in its enclosure during a media preview at the River Safari on October 29, 2012. Two giant pandas, aged four and five-years old and on loan from China for 10 years to the Wildlife Reserve Singapore (WRS) - the parent company to the city's Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, are being housed in a custom-built 1,500 square metre (16,145 square foot) enclosure costing 6.9 million USD within WRS's newest attraction, the River Safari, will open to the public for a special preview on November 29. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Jia Jia the giant panda eats at Ocean Park in Hong Kong on April 2, 2012. Ocean Park, which was founded in 1977 and was selected to be one of the World's Most Popular Amusement Parks by Forbes website in 2006, is famous for its giant panda habitat and also for its four-story aquarium. AFP PHOTO / AARON TAM (Photo credit should read aaron tam/AFP/Getty Images)
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Jia Jia had six babies and four are still living.

The park's veterinary service director, Paolo Martelli, says typical panda life expectancy is around 20 years, and only eight of about 400 living in captivity today are older than 30.

So, he says, "it's quite exceptional to reach such an old age for a panda."

Jia Jia's age is equal to about 110 for humans. She suffers high blood pressure and arthritic pain, though her health is stable.

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