Liang Liang gets her third baby


And baby makes five: Liang Liang (right) enjoying bamboo shoots with Yi Yi at Zoo Negara’s Giant Panda Conservation Centre in Ulu Kelang. The latest addition is Liang Liang and Xing Xing’s third cub since their arrival in 2014.

PETALING JAYA: More than three years after Liang Liang’s last pregnancy, the panda has given birth to her third cub.

The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) said the baby was born at 8.30pm on May 31 at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre in Zoo Negara.

“Currently, the gender of this baby panda is not known as it is still under the care of its mother and we cannot approach it.

“Zoo Negara officers will continue to monitor Liang Liang and her baby for the next 24 hours, ” it said in a statement yesterday.

Perhilitan said the cub is the third for Liang Liang and her partner Xing Xing since their arrival in Malaysia in 2014.

The first and the second cubs, Nuan Nuan and Yi Yi, were born on Aug 15,2015, and Jan 14,2018, respectively.

“The birth of this third giant panda cub is another success for the Giant Panda Conservation Centre under the Giant Panda International Conservation Cooperation Agreement Programme inked between the governments of Malaysia and China in 2012, ” said Perhilitan.The pandas from Chengdu, China, were loaned via the Giant Panda International Conservation Cooperation Agreement Programme and arrived in Malaysia on May 21,2014.

The agreement signed in 2012 gives Malaysia the opportunity to conduct panda-related conservation research, besides developing local expertise on pandas over a 10-year period.

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