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Giant Panda Liang Liang On Road To Recovery

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KUALA LUMPUR – Liang Liang, the female Giant Panda is recovering well, a week after giving birth and undergoing a severe loss of appetite after delivery.

Giant Panda Conservation Centre (GPCC) Zoology and Veterinary director, Dr Mat Naim Ramli said Liang Liang was now getting back to her old self and moving about after sitting in a corner at the conservation centre for almost a week.

“Liang Liang is showing positive behaviour, and with her appetite improving every day, she has sufficient energy to move about.

“Everyone at Zoo Negara is very excited over the positive changes and expect her to return to normal, within a few days,” he told Bernama when met at Zoo Negara here today.

He said before giving birth, Liang Liang’s total food intake was about 30kg a day, and this included bamboo shoots and stems, and carrots.

Since the birth of her second cub on Aug 18 at GPCC, her appetite dropped dramatically.

“To ensure Liang Liang remained energetic, she has been fed with glucose and salt water, as well as fresh meals every three hours, and she still has to be fed her meals,” said Dr Mat Naim.

Meanwhile, he said Liang Liang and her cub would be isolated on Saturday to assess their individual health, as was done on Aug 22.

“We will weigh them, measure their size, evaluate their stools and do the needful to record the stages of their development.”

Dr Mat Naim said advice was still being sought from China’s veterinary experts since this was the GPCC’s first experience in caring for the Giant Panda species which was very different from caring for normal bears found here.

The Giant Panda pair from China, formerly known as Fu Wa and Feng Yi, arrived in Malaysia on May 21, last year to symbolise 40 years of diplomatic ties between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

According to the Malaysia-China Giant Panda International Conservation Agreement, the panda cub which has not been named can only stay in Malaysia for two years before being sent to China. – BERNAMA


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