The story appears on

Page A5

July 31, 2010

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro » Society

Panda back in spotlight

JIA Si, the world's second oldest giant panda to be bred in captivity, is to appear in public again at Shanghai Wildlife Park from August to October. But visitors will have to make an appointment to see her, park officials said yesterday.

The 25-year-old female, nearly 100 years old in human terms, has been "retired" for two years. She gained infamy in 1983 in Sichuan Province, when she sneaked out from her hut and broke into a farm, leaving 16 lambs slightly injured.

She moved to the park in 1995, but was "retired" in 2008. At that time the park judged she had reached an age when she should enjoy her final years in comfort and they moved her to a private lair, far from the crowds of visitors.

Two vets were put in charge of her health.

But after a flood of calls and letters from visitors asking about Jia Si's health and saying how much she was missed, it was judged she was healthy enough to meet the public again.

But the park will only allow 1,000 visitors to see her from 3pm to 4pm on Wednesdays to Sundays. People can make reservations at the park's official website -- -- a day in advance, officials said.

No flash photography will be allowed, park officials said.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend