Baby panda born in Malaysia zoo makes public debut Media take photographs of a new baby panda at Malaysia Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Baby panda born in Malaysia zoo makes public debut
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A baby panda was born in a Malaysian zoo five months ago. She made her public debut May 26.

The female has not yet been named. She is the second offspring of giant pandas Liang Liang and Xing Xing who are on a 10-year loan to Malaysia. The loan began in 2014.

The first cub was a female called Nuan Nuan. She was born in August 2015. She was sent back to China last November as part of a deal with Beijing to return cubs born in captivity at age 2.

Members of the media watched and filmed the cub through a glass shield. The cub was in an air-conditioned enclosure at the national zoo. Zoologists said the healthy cub weighs 9 kilograms (19.8 pounds).

Zoo officials have said the giant panda pair broke the world record for a second baby in four years via natural reproduction. Malaysia's national zoo has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars on a panda complex. It includes bamboo trees mimicking their natural habitat. This came after China loaned the cub's parents to Malaysia, marking 40 years of diplomatic relations with that country.

According to WWF, there are 1,864 giant pandas in the wild, living mainly in bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China and subsisting almost entirely on bamboo.

The pair arrived just weeks after a Malaysian plane carrying 239 people, mostly Chinese citizens, disappeared in March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Chinese media at the time criticized the Malaysian government and Malaysia Airlines over their handling of the tragedy. The jet still hasn't been found.

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COMMENTS (29)
  • CheyenneH-sto
    10/04/2018 - 11:33 a.m.

    Baby pandas are so appealing because they are really adorable.

  • ZoeL-sto1
    10/04/2018 - 11:33 a.m.

    They are very cute and interesting little animals. Babies are always the cutest of the family.

  • NathanM-sto1
    10/04/2018 - 11:42 a.m.

    I think that this was was an interesting article because the China and Malaysia worked together. Pandas are cute making the public wanting to come and see these amazing creatures.

  • CoenS-sto
    10/04/2018 - 11:49 a.m.

    Most people like going to the zoo to see something cute. A baby panda fits perfectly into this category. People also like to see endangered animals because you cant find them normally in the wild.

  • cgord-wim4
    10/12/2018 - 11:41 a.m.

    i read this article because the baby panda was to cute to scroll down on and it just caught my eye while i was scrolling down

  • kchas-wim4
    10/12/2018 - 11:46 a.m.

    I think baby pandas are so appealing to the public because pandas catch peoples eyes. In the text it says," According to WWF,there are 1,864 giant pandas int the wild-" There are many pandas in the world and i think when you see a panda it reminds people of a dog cause of its fur and anything with fur is cute when people see it. I think it catches peoples eyes because of the different colors and patches and when people see the different colors they are interested.

  • svazq-wim4
    10/12/2018 - 11:55 a.m.

    I think baby pandas are so appealing to the public because pandas are known to be be one of the most cutest babies and because pandas are the mascot of China and it would make since why we would be so appealing to the public. Another reason is that it was really popular because she beat the world record and that is very special to the baby panda.

  • bmccu-wim4
    10/12/2018 - 12:02 p.m.

    People love going to the zoo just to see cool and cute animals. Especially when the animals are babies. People also like seeing the endangered animals. This is why I think baby animals are so appealing to the public.

  • lgodw-wim5
    10/12/2018 - 12:59 p.m.

    i think the baby panda are so appealing to the public. they are cute and playful.Also because there is only one panda at the zoo cause the mom had to go away for 10 years so they like seeing pandas. the babys also has to go away at 2.pandas are so loving.

  • rlogs-wim5
    10/12/2018 - 12:59 p.m.

    I think baby panda's are appealing to the public because they are very interesting and most people like them because of how they feel and look. I think baby panda's are cute because they are small and look really soft to pet.

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