Proud panda mother, Jia Jia has given birth to Singapore’s first giant panda cub.
After seven attempts, the first giant panda cub has been born in Singapore to Kai Kai and Jia Jia, aged 13 and 12. After first mating in 2015, the panda couple finally had their panda cub at River Safari over the weekend.
Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to breed giant pandas in captivity as a result of the small window for conception. This is mainly due to panda females only ovulating once a year, while fertility only peaks for 24 to 36 hours. With the help of artificial insemination, the panda lovers were able to conceive naturally in April of this year. The cub’s gender is yet to be confirmed.
Kai Kai and Jia Jia are River Safari’s main attractions after first arriving in Singapore in 2012, on a 10-year-loan from Chengdu in China. It is unclear about their future at River Safari. However, the Wildlife Reserves Team have said that Jia Jia and her newborn will be available to public audiences in three months time.
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