http://english.ourpanda.com/ 2013-06-26 16:22:48
Basi, who lives in the Panda World in Fuzhou, capital of China's east Fujian Province, might be the most special panda in the world.
Basi is the oldest known panda.
Basi may also be the most famous panda in China.
Basi is also perhaps the luckiest panda in the world.
In the early 1980s, wild arrow bamboo bloomed and died in the panda's habitat in southwest China's Sichuan Province. It requires at least 10 years for new bamboo to grow and become edible for pandas. Basi was one of them. She was first saved by Li Xingyu, a farmer from Yongfu Village of Baoxing County.
To preserve the species, forestry authorities of Sichuan launched aid mechanisms, and relocated most pandas from their mountainous habitats to professional breeding centers, where they were fed and bred. But there were still some wild pandas lingering in the mountains and starving. To prevent such tragedies from happening again, scientists decided to do extensive research on how to sustain the species outside their native habitat. At that point, Basi was moved to the Fuzhou Panda World, one of the three panda breeding and protection bases in China.
Undergoing training everyday, Basi grandually got over the illnesses such as asthma and anorexia, and her dislike of exercise. She became stronger and stronger. After several years, she was no longer afraid of the humans.
Believe it or not, Basi learnt to walk upright and even shoot baskets. In 1987, the San Diego Zoo invited her for shows. Basi attracted around 2.5 million visitors during her six-month stay in the United States and amazed many visitors by her gym show. She was honoured as the "Stunt Panda".
After she returned from the US, the Beijing Asian Games organizing committee invited Basi to perform in Beijing, and later decided to use her as the prototype for Pan Pan, the mascot for the 1990 Beijing Asian Games.
Basi rose to be a big star. After the Beijing Asian Games, she was invited to shows all around the country. No panda had ever drawn such extensive attention before, and more people got fascinated by the cute creature.
As time goes by, Basi ages and the Fuzhou Panda World shifted their research focus to the panda's aging problems.
It was in 2001 and 2002 that Basi's health began to get worse. She was found to have hypertension and cataracts. Her illnesses provided first-hand, key information for panda disease prevention.
However, about seven months ago, Basi came across the most serious disease challenge in her 30 years of life. One day, he found Basi moving and showing a painful look. She crawled around and lay in strange postures. According to the indicators of her urine, Chen concluded that Basi was suffering from pancreatitis instead of enteritis. Ten days after the treatment was changed, Basi's conditions turned much better.