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Panda cub will be on exhibit

The newly born baby panda
The newly born baby panda

KUALA LUMPUR:  The National Zoo will exhibit the giant panda cub of Xing Xing and Liang Liang starting tomorrow.

Its deputy president [email protected] Ahmat Lana said today the cub would be exhibited to members of the public from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm daily.

“We are fully prepared to control the situation if too many visitors came at one time,” he said, adding that all preparations had been made following the much-awaited exhibition.

Rosly said the giant panda cub, which was born on August 18, is now able to crawl and walk, but still inactive.

The yet to be named panda cub now weighs 5.6 kilogrammes.

A regular visitor of the National Zoo, Nizrul Khalid, 37, said he and her  three-year-old daughter were excited and could not wait to see the cub closer.

“My daughter has imagined that the panda cub looks like her teddy bear…I want to take her to see for herself the differences between those two animals,” he said.

A big fan of giant pandas, Artikah Jaafar, 26, who has been following the news of the giant panda pair since their arrival in Malaysia, said she was very happy as their cub would be displayed starting from tomorrow.

“I will be among the earliest visitors to view the baby panda tomorrow,” she said delightedly.

The giant panda cub will only be in the country for two years before being sent back to China, while Xing Xing and Liang Liang will remain here for 10 years based on the Malaysia-China Giant Panda International Conservation
Agreement.

The pair was earlier known as Fu Wa and Feng Yi when they arrived in Malaysia on May 21 last year as a symbol of 40 years of diplomatic relations between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.- BERNAMA

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