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1st giant panda born in Singapore with help of Chinese experts

1st giant panda born in Singapore with help of Chinese experts

China, Singapore, PRC, Panda, Nature, Wildlife
Giant panda Jia Jia and its cub are seen at River Safari in Singapore. Photo by Wildlife Reserves Singapore Group/Handout via Xinhua.
Giant panda Jia Jia and its cub are seen at River Safari in Singapore. Photo by Wildlife Reserves Singapore Group/Handout via Xinhua.

Singapore saw the first giant panda birth on its land, said a press release from the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) Group, according to The Xinhua News Agency reports.

The cub, 13-year-old Kai Kai and 12-year-old Jia Jia's firstborn, weighs in at an estimated 200 grams, though its gender is yet to be determined, WRS said the cub was born at River Safari with the help of Chinese experts.

Despite being a first-time mom, Jia Jia's maternal instincts kicked in as soon as the cub was born, said WRS, adding that the mom and baby are in an off-exhibit den to give them time to nurse and bond.

"Jia Jia's first pregnancy and the birth of a cub is a significant milestone for us in the care of this threatened species in Singapore. This is the result of good animal care, assisted reproductive science and sheer perseverance on the part of our staff coupled with valuable advice from the China panda experts. The work continues now with supporting the first-time mother to raise her newborn cub", – said Cheng Wen-Haur, WRS's Deputy CEO and Chief Life Sciences Officer.

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