panda bday

There are birthdays, and then there are birthdays. You know what I mean. Some just seem more important — the 30th, for instance. The big 3-0. That one’s huge, even more so when you happen to be one of the world’s oldest pandas.

Pan Pan, who is regarded as the oldest living male panda in captivity, turned 30 on Monday. He lives at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Dujiangyan, China, and they helped him party down in style, with a gigantic cake make of ice and decorated with carrots. (Veggies are like icing for pandas, apparently.)

Pan Pan opted for a low key celebration rather than a big blow-out. He spent the day munching on bamboo, looking adorable and in general just being chill….except when he spotted the bear ice sculpture atop his frozen cake. That moment got quite a reaction

Hey, what’s this? There’s a bear on my cake.

So far, so good.

But then with a single swipe of giant panda paw, the cake topper went flying.

Okay. So he’s not on board with the ice bear. Note taken. No bears on the birthday cake for your 40th, Pan Pan. No, sir.

Pandas in the wild typically have a life expectancy of 20 years or so. In captivity, they tend to live longer. Even so, 30 is a big milestone for Pan Pan. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest panda in the world is Jai Jai, a female panda at Honk Kong’s Ocean Park. Jai Jai turned 37 over the summer and, like Pan Pan, she celebrated with a cake made of bamboo, ice and veggies. (No word if there was a cake topper.)

Happy birthday, Pan Pan, you cuddly thing, you!

Watch the cutest thirty-year-old in the known universe celebrate his birthday in the video below:

(All images via YouTube.)