SINGAPORE – The Republic’s first giant panda cub may welcome his fans soon as the tiny tot takes his first steps at the River Safari and will cross his 100-day milestone on Nov 21.
Guests can look forward to catching sneak peeks of the cub at the Giant Panda Forest exhibit over the coming weeks before he joins his mother in her public exhibit early next year.
Weighing a little over 6kg – 30 times his body weight when he was born – and measuring 67cm, the cub has been showing off his crawl-walking skills to his handlers.
In a statement on Friday (Nov 19), Mandai Wildlife Group said the cub’s mother Jia Jia “has made great strides in providing exemplary care and protection for her newborn” during the first few months of his life.
The panda cub’s name will be jointly revealed by Singapore and China next month.
The zoo thanked the public for helping with naming the new cub, after it received more than 64,000 suggestions.
Giant panda cub nears 100th day, takes first steps
Mandai Wildlife Group’s chief executive Mike Barclay said: “Together with our panda care team, we are overjoyed to be approaching the 100th day since Jia Jia gave birth to our little miracle cub at River Wonders. We are honoured to have him under our care and to contribute to his development over the first few months of his life.
“As he becomes more comfortable and independent, we expect him to join Jia Jia in her public exhibit from early next year.”
The public submitted names for the cub which were reviewed by a judging panel made up of academics and representatives from the Chinese embassy in Singapore, relevant government agencies, and the Mandai Wildlife Group.
“Looking ahead, the panda care team is preparing the cub for more health checks and his eventual public debut. They are conditioning him to be away from Jia Jia for longer periods of time and introducing him to new environments to help him adapt to different surroundings.
“They will judge when it is the right time to allow him to explore the public exhibit, where he will be exposed to new elements such as plants, rocks, slopes and visitors to River Wonders,” Mandai Wildlife Group added.
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