KUALA LUMPUR: Over the past two years, Zoology, Veterinary and Giant Panda Conservation Centre director Dr Mat Naim Ramli has been taking special care of his “daughter”, even sleeping beside her in rather uncomfortable circumstances just so she won’t be restless.
His “daughter” is Malaysia-born panda cub Nuan Nuan.
Soon, Dr Mat Naim will be missing his child. The panda cub will be flown to the Duijangyang panda base in Sichuan province in China on Nov 14 to be freed into her natural habitat.
“I’m very attached to Nuan Nuan as she needs to be cuddled until she falls asleep. Solitary animals like pandas are particularly sensitive in character and very sensitive to their surroundings,” Dr Mat Naim told reporters at the farewell ceremony for Nuan Nuan at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre in Zoo Negara yesterday.
“After her mother was separated from her, I took care of her at night. I am sure this won’t be the last time I see her. I will visit her in China,” he said.
Nuan Nuan, which weighs 82kg, is the fastest naturally conceived panda baby in captivity, born within 15 months of her parents’ arrival.
Nuan Nuan’s parents, Xing Xing and Liang Liang, arrived here in May 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China.
The last day for the public to visit Nuan Nuan will be on Nov 12.