Malaysia bids adieu to gi­ant panda cub

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KUALA LUMPUR: Hearts were heavy among an­i­mal lovers in Malaysia on Tues­day as the coun­try said good­bye to the gi­ant panda cub Nuan Nuan.

Nuan Nuan, whose name means “warmth,” boarded Malaysia Air­lines (MAS) flight MH6476 to China.

Nuan Nuan was born on Au­gust 15, 2015, at the Gi­ant Panda Con­ser­va­tion Cen­tre at the Na­tional Zoo in Kuala Lumpur. The cub’s par­ents, Fu Wa and Feng Yi, came to Malaysia on a 10-year loan from China on May 21, 2014, to com­mem­o­rate the 40-year an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Malaysia and China.

Un­der a 2012 agree­ment be­tween the Malaysian and Chi­nese govern­ments, a gi­ant panda cub born in Malaysia must be re­turned to China af­ter the cub turns two years old.

“It is with great sad­ness and a heavy heart that I wish Nuan Nuan good­bye,” En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaa­far said in an e-mailed state­ment.

“I ex­pect she will find a life part­ner and pro­duce chil­dren who will al­ways be con­nected to Malaysia,” Wan Ju­naidi said.

Ac­cord­ing to Malaysian news­pa­per The Star, the en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter pre­vi­ously said the Na­tional Zoo would have had to ex­pand its panda cen­tre in order to keep the cub.

— AFP

Air­port se­cu­rity per­son­nel es­cort panda cub Nuan Nuan be­fore she departs for Chengdu at the Malaysia Air­lines Ber­had Cargo near Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Sepang, out­side Kuala Lumpur, on Tues­day.

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