Papa panda Kai Kai turns 15, to continue spending the next few birthdays with Singapore

Panda-dad Kai Kai enjoying his bamboo cake for his 15th birthday. Photo: Mandai Wildlife Group
Panda-dad Kai Kai enjoying his bamboo cake for his 15th birthday. Photo: Mandai Wildlife Group

One of Singapore’s beloved pandas has turned the big ole’ 15 today.


Papa panda Kai Kai turns 15 today and will be continuing to celebrate its birthdays in Singapore for the next five years following the recent contract extension for the whole panda family.

Panda parents Kai Kai and Jia Jia, who also celebrated her 14th birthday on Sept. 3, have called Singapore its home for the past decade and after many failed attempts over six years, birthed an adorable baby boy named Le Le last August

Many rushed to see the baby panda after it was unclear whether the pandas would be returned to China. Thankfully, the pandas won’t be leaving so soon as its caretakers Mandai Wildlife Group and the China Wildlife Conservation Association announced earlier this month that they have signed an extension agreement to let them continue living in the city-state for five more years.

Caretakers said they will continue working closely with Chinese counterparts to spoil the pandas with the “best food, daily attention and routines, and veterinary medicine.”

The Chinese panda experts previously proved their skills when they came to Singapore to help with the breeding process and advise on environmental living factors.

From here onward, caretakers will continue to let the parents practice natural mating which will lead to higher successful birth rates.

Pandas are estimated to live up to 30 years under human care. The world’s oldest Giant Panda An An resided in Hong Kong but recently passed in July at 35 years old, which is equivalent to 105 human years.

The zoo said over 7.6 million have seen the panda family at River Wonders playing around and enjoying their habitat.

The grown-up fur ball Le Le was spotted recently adorably stumbling while climbing a tree. 

RELATED – Panda fail: Rebellious baby panda Le Le refuses to come down from tree (Video)

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