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Singapore's resident pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia settling in nicely

Kai Kai in his air-conditioned den on Thursday, tucking into bamboo flown in from China under the watchful eyes of River Safari keepers. (PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE)

Publication Date : 08-09-2012


When keepers checked in on pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia Friday morning (September 7), they were back to their old ways, eating bamboo, the long journey from China behind them.

Keepers said that the pair, tired from the hours of travel, slept well through the night and seem to have settled into their dens.

The next step is for them to get used to their new diet. Yesterday, keepers started mixing locally grown bamboo such as sulphur and hedge bamboo with those that they had brought along from China.

As usual, the more easy-going Kai Kai, who loves his food, did not hesitate to sample them.

"He seems to like the sulphur bamboo," said River Safari assistant director of zoology Ang Cheng Chye. "The bamboo is thicker, and easier for him to hold."

The keepers plan to progressively introduce more locally grown bamboo into their diet so that the pandas can get used to them.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) had planted enough bamboo to produce about 48,000kg of food for the pandas a year.

On Thursday, Kai Kai was the first to make himself comfortable in the 15 sq m den, while it took Jia Jia about five hours to get used to her new home. Ang said: "But they came out from the crates faster than we expected. Some animals can stay a day in the crates before coming out."


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