KUALA LUMPUR: The second giant panda born in Malaysia has been named Yi Yi, meaning friendship. The 19-month-old female cub, born last January, is the offspring of Liang Liang and Xing Xing – the two pandas currently on a 10-year loan from China. The pair arrived in Malaysia in May 2014 to mark 40 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries. At the naming ceremony on Thursday (Aug 1), Malaysia’s Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar said Yi Yi’s name had been carefully selected following consultation with the China Wildlife Conservation Association. “It is my fervent hope that akin to the meaning of the name, the friendship between Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China will be further enhanced; not limited to giant panda conservation efforts, but also diplomatically and economically,” said Dr Jayakumar. The ceremony, held at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre at Malaysia’s national zoo in Kuala Lumpur, was also attended by China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian. The first Malaysian-born panda, Yi Yi’s sibling Nuan Nuan, was born in 2015. He was returned to China in 2017. According to the agreement, panda cubs born in captivity must be returned to China by the age of two. Weighing 750g at birth, Yi… Read full this story
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