There was plenty of excitement at Zoo Negara recently when it opened its doors to the public after being closed for months following the Covid-19 pandemic.
All the excitement was over the third giant panda cub born here which was unveiled to the public for the first time.
The cub is the first male born at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre, following its two sisters Nuan Nuan and Yi Yi.
The cub, which is yet to be named is in good health and weighs about 7.4kg.
The centre’s director, Mat Naim Ramli said they had taken all necessary precautions to secure the animals at the zoo following the pandemic.
The cub which was born earlier this year, will be on display for special viewing at the enclosure twice daily.
The parents of the third cub, Xing Xing and Liang Liang, arrived in Malaysia in 2014, marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China.
The first Malaysian-born giant panda Nuan Nuan was born on Aug. 18, 2015, while the second Yi Yi was born on Jan. 14, 2018. Nuan Nuan returned to China in November 2017 after turning two years old.