Panda celebrates first birthday in Malaysian zoo with ice cake

Panda celebrates first birthday in Malaysian zoo with ice cake

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The panda is the second-born of a couple loaned by China in 2014. (Photo: Facebook/Zoo Negara Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR: A giant panda born in a Malaysian zoo celebrated her first birthday Monday (Jan 14) with a cake made of ice in front of adoring visitors.

The youngster looked around shyly as a zookeeper carried her to a platform in her enclosure where the cake, which had a large number "one" on top, was waiting.

After nibbling at some carrots used to decorate the creation, the panda - who has not yet been named - seemed to tire of the celebrations, and fell asleep.

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The as yet unnamed panda nibbled on some carrots, tired of the celebrations and fell asleep (Photo: Facebook/Zoo Negara Malaysia)

Currently weighing 34kg, she is the second cub born to Liang Liang and Xing Xing since they were sent from China to Malaysia in 2014, on a 10-year loan.

The first, Nuan Nuan, was born in August 2015 and sent back to China in 2017. Beijing and Kuala Lumpur have agreed that cubs born in captivity must go back to China at the age of two.

The pandas are kept at the national zoo's panda centre outside Kuala Lumpur.

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The panda cub currently weighs 34kg. (Photo: Facebook/Zoo Negara Malaysia)

Director of the Giant Panda Conversation Centre Dr Mat Naim Haji Ramli said the cub was less active and shyer than her sister, Nuan Nuan.

"She is less active and explores her surroundings less. She prefers to rest on the trees and follow her mother," he added.

Dr Mat Naim also said that the cub's official name will be announced after the government arrives at a decision. 

For now, the cub is referred to as "Adik" which means "younger sibling" in the Malay language. 

It's estimated there are some 1,800 giant pandas left in the wild, living mainly in bamboo forest in the mountains of western China, according to environmental group WWF.

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The cub is referred to as "Adik" which means "younger sibling" in the Malay language. (Photo: Facebook/Zoo Negara Malaysia)

Source: Agencies/zl

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