Basi, world's oldest captive panda, turns 37

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Basi, the oldest captive giant panda alive, eats a cake as people celebrate its 37 birthday, in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China, January 18, 2017. China Daily/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.
FUZHOU, CHINA - JANUARY 18: People dressed like panda attend the celebration of the world's oldest giant panda 'Basi' in captivity on its 37th birthday at Strait Panda World on January 18, 2017 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. Male giant panda 'Basi' welcomes it 37th birthday in Fuzhou and becomes the world's oldest giant panda in captivity. (Photo by Zheng Shuai/VCG via Getty Images)
FUZHOU, CHINA - JANUARY 18: The world's oldest giant panda 'Basi' in captivity eats specially-made cake during its 37th birthday at Strait Panda World on January 18, 2017 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. Male giant panda 'Basi' welcomes it 37th birthday in Fuzhou and becomes the world's oldest giant panda in captivity. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
FUZHOU, CHINA - JANUARY 18: The world's oldest giant panda 'Basi' in captivity eats specially-made cake during its 37th birthday at Strait Panda World on January 18, 2017 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. Male giant panda 'Basi' welcomes it 37th birthday in Fuzhou and becomes the world's oldest giant panda in captivity. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
FUZHOU, CHINA - JANUARY 18: A celebration is held for the world's oldest giant panda 'Basi' in captivity on its 37th birthday at Strait Panda World on January 18, 2017 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. Male giant panda 'Basi' welcomes it 37th birthday in Fuzhou and becomes the world's oldest giant panda in captivity. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
FUZHOU, CHINA - JANUARY 18: A celebration is held for the world's oldest giant panda 'Basi' in captivity on its 37th birthday at Strait Panda World on January 18, 2017 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. Male giant panda 'Basi' welcomes it 37th birthday in Fuzhou and becomes the world's oldest giant panda in captivity. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Giant panda Basi sniffs a birthday cake prepared by her keepers at Fuzhou Panda World in Fuzhou, east China's Fujian province on January 18, 2017. Basi, which celebrated her 37th birthday on January 18, is the world's oldest giant panda in captivity. / AFP / STR / China OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Basi, the oldest captive giant panda alive, eats a cake as people celebrate its 37 birthday, in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China, January 18, 2017. China Daily/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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BEIJING (Reuters) - Basi, the oldest giant panda living in captivity, celebrated her 37th birthday on Wednesday wearing a crown and getting a special birthday cake.

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.

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 programs, conservationists say.

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