KUALA LUMPUR: If you haven’t already seen Malaysia-born giant panda cub Nuan Nuan, you can still do so before she leaves for China next month.
The Star Online reported Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar saying Nuan Nuan would leave for the Giant Panda Sanctuaries in Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan on her second birthday next month.
“It is sad to say goodbye, but we feel this is the best for Nuan Nuan,” he said yesterday.
The news portal reported that the minister handed over an official letter to the Chinese government to relay Malaysia’s decision to return Nuan Nuan during his five-day working visit to China at the invitation of China’s Minister of Water Resources, Chen Lei.
“If we wanted to keep Nuan Nuan, we would have to expand the Giant Panda Conservation Centre at Zoo Negara, on top of the yearly US$600,000 (RM2.5 million) fee and other expenses,” he said.
The panda is the offspring of Xing Xing and Liang Liang who arrived in Malaysia in 2014 on a 10-year loan from China.