The giant pandas residing in Malaysia – Xing Xing and Liang Liang welcomed their new-born female cub on Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 1.45pm local time at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre (GPCC) at Zoo Negara.
Zoo Negara deputy president Rosly @ Rahmat Ahmat Lana said in an official statement obtained by Bernama, “Liang Liang began to show extraordinary behaviour, such as losing appetite, being less active and making peculiar sounds, two weeks ago.”
“Since then, our veterinary experts had begun carrying out blood test and measuring its weight, before they finally decided that there was an 80 per cent probability that Liang Liang was pregnant,” he added.
After the baby panda was born, the Malaysian Prime Minister expressed his happiness on Twitter by posting the pictures of the newly born fur-less panda with the caption, “The child of Liang Liang and Xing Xing, the pandas at the National Zoo, it doesn’t look like a baby panda but still cute.”
Anak kepada Liang Liang dan Xing Xing, panda di Zoo Negara. Bayi kecil tak nampak macam panda tapi tetap comel. pic.twitter.com/xDXk1KlCsD
— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) August 19, 2015
Rosly also said that after giving birth to the cub, Liang Liang had kept it in a hidden corner at the GPCC’s exhibition area and seemed to be “quite aggressive and unapproachable.”
Thus, Liang Liang will be quarantined temporarily and undergo a confinement period while nursing the baby panda until she is ready for visitors again.
In the meantime, visitors would only be allowed to meet the male panda Xing Xing for the time being.
Based on the Malaysia-China Giant Panda International Conservation Agreement, the panda cub can only stay in Malaysia for two years and must be sent back to Chengdu, China after the period.
(Photo source: flickr.com)