Zoo Negara giant pandas welcome third cub to the family

Sun Online Desk

1st June, 2021 01:30:25 PM printer

Zoo Negara giant pandas welcome third cub to the family

Giant pandas Liang Liang and Xing Xing have welcomed another cub to their family at Zoo Negara.

The wildlife and national parks department (Perhilitan) said mother Liang Liang safely delivered the cub at 8pm on Monday at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre in Ulu Kelang, Selangor.

“The gender of the cub has not yet been identified as it is still under the close care of its mother and we cannot come too close,” Perhilitan said in a statement.

It said Zoo Negara staff would continue to monitor and supervise Liang Liang and the cub over the next 24 hours.

Perhilitan said the birth of a third giant panda was another milestone for the zoo’s conservation efforts under the Malaysia-China Giant Panda International Conservation Agreement signed in 2012.

Liang Liang and Xing Xing first arrived in 2014. Their previous offspring were Nuan Nuan, born on Aug 18, 2015, and Yi Yi on Jan 14, 2018.

Nuan Nuan returned to China in November 2017 after turning two years old. Yi Yi, who turned two on Jan 4 last year, was supposed to be sent back to China in April last year but her return was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The agreement is for China to loan a pair of giant pandas to Malaysia for 10 years.