Malaysian-born giant panda meets public

Chengdu: The first Malaysian-born giant panda Nuan Nuan, who returned to China last month, finished her stay in quarantine and met the public on Thursday in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The female panda was born on August 18, 2015, to two pandas on loan to the giant panda conservation centre at the Malaysian national zoo. She returned to the Dujiangyan base of the China conservation and research centre for giant pandas on November 15, Xinhua reported.

The centre and the government of Dujiangyan city held a New Year gathering for Nuan Nuan and gave her the world’s first panda ID card. Dujiangyan will issue an ID card to every giant panda living in the city.

Nuan Nuan spent a month in quarantine after returning. Panda keepers and volunteers helped decorate her new home on Thursday.

Panda keeper Liu Juan said, Nuan Nuan is outgoing and enjoys playing with people. She loves eating carrots and is not interested in bamboo shoots.

Nuan Nuan’s parents are continuing their stay in Malaysia.

Under the agreement between China and overseas giant panda hosts, panda cubs born to parents on loan must be returned to China when they are two years old.

The China conservation and research centre now has 12 pandas returned from overseas. The centre has established long-term partnership with 15 zoos in 13 countries.

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