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Snuggly Giant Pandas Put On Weight Loss Programme Since Nov

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Malaysia’s favourite expats have been enjoying their stay a little too much, so it seems.

The pair have been growing a little more cuddly than it should. Quoting Zoo Negara deputy director (hospital and veterinarian services) Dr Mat Naim Ramli, the daily reported that Xing Xing and Liang Liang — formerly known as Feng Yi and Fu Wa — have tipped over their ideal weight, reports The Malay Mail yesterday.

The male panda, Xing Xing, packed on a hefty 20kg more than the when he first arrived, tipping the scale at 138kg. Meanwhile, the female one, Liang Liang, hit 116kg from her 98kg back in July.

Ideally, Dr Naim said, male pandas should weight no more than 135kg and for females, below 115kg.

“The pandas were then put on a ‘diet’ where their food intake was controlled to bring their weight down to an optimum level. Xing Xing and Liang Liang currently weigh 132kg and 110kg respectively,” he told the Malay Mail adding that both pandas are now fed panda cakes, apples and bamboos every day.

“The bamboo, buluh betong, is one of their favourites and contributed to their weight gain,” he was quoted as saying.

In June last year, Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that the giant Chinese pandas —who were given on loan by the Chinese government to mark the 40th year of diplomatic relations with Malaysia — would be given new names to reflect their Malaysian identity.

In November, the Parliament was told that the arrival of Xing Xing and Liang Liang brought almost 218,000 visitors to the national zoo since June.MYNEWSHUB

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