Malaysia’s National Zoo welcomes third giant panda cub

Photo: Zoo Negara
Photo: Zoo Negara

Giant pandas Liang Liang and Xing Xing have welcomed another cub to their family at the National Zoo of Malaysia. 

The Wildlife and National Parks Department said today that Liang Liang safely delivered the cub yesterday at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre. The gender of the cub has yet to be identified. 

“At this time, the gender of the cub has not been identified as it is still under the care of its mother and we cannot come too close,” it said in a statement. Staff at the zoo would continue to monitor and supervise Liang Liang and the cub for the next 24 hours.

The Wildlife and National Parks Department said the birth of a third giant panda was another milestone of the zoo’s conservation efforts under the Malaysia-China Giant Panda International Conservation Agreement signed in 2012.

The newborn is the third addition to the giant panda family since they first came to Malaysia in 2014. Liang Liang gave birth to Nuan Nuan in 2015 and Yi Yi in 2018.

The zoo is closed due to the two-week lockdown that starts today.

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