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Baby Panda Attracts More Visitors To Zoo

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KUALA LUMPUR – The number of visitors to the National Zoo has increased by about 10% to 13,200 since the panda cub that was born to giant pandas Xing Xing and Liang Liang made her public appearance on Nov 17.

National Zoo deputy president Rosly Ahmat Lana said the number of visitors to the zoo until Nov 24 was 12,000, and in less than a month the number of visitors rose by 1,200.

The cub, born on Aug 18, has attracted visitors to the zoo, especially during the school holidays, although the capital city is experiencing uncertain weather conditions, he said.

“The giant panda cub will be exhibited to the public for an hour from 2.30pm and thus far has been able to adapt to the conditions,” he said, adding that the yet-to-be-named cub weighed 8kg and was in good health but her development would continue to be monitored.

Rosly said following an increase in the number of visitors, the National Zoo was planning to extend the viewing period.

The panda cub will be sent back to China after two years while its parents Xing Xing and Liang Liang will stay on for 10 years under the agreement between Malaysia and China. They arrived here from Beijing on May 21 last year.

Meanwhile, the competition organised by the Natural Resource and Environment Ministry to name the giant panda cub, which ended on Dec 17, has received 22,830 entries.

The result of the online competition is expected to be announced by February in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations at the zoo. — BERNAMA


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