See what’s in store for the two giant pandas as they celebrate their birthdays and their first anniversary in Singapore.
Text: Chua Yan Yu and Lee Wei Lin
Photos: Chua Yan Yu and Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Call it a woman’s instincts but I think giant panda Jia Jia knew today was no ordinary day.
The shy female panda, which is rarely seen outside her den, was out and having fun as media and guests gathered at the River Safari on Friday morning to celebrate her and Kai Kai’s birthdays as well as their first anniversary in Singapore.
Jia Jia, which turned five on September 3, was gifted with a chime toy made of bamboo. Although she appeared clueless about the gift for the longest time, she eventually started eating the bamboo toy made specially for her by a team of party planners.
Her male counterpart Kai Kai, however, soaked in the festivities at the panda party.
Excited, Kai Kai, which turns six on September 14, started chomping on his bamboo feast, a three-tiered birthday cake made of ice and bamboo, soon after laying eyes on it.
And if you are wondering if there is an additional surprise to the celebration - a baby panda to be exact - you might be disappointed.
Assistant director of Zoology at River Safari, Mr Ang Cheng Chye, said the pandas are not ready yet.
“There is no sign of pregnancy yet. This is controlled by their hormones. We can’t hasten it,” he said.
The birthday bash on Friday marks the start of week-long festivities at River Safari to commemorate the pandas’ one-anniversary in Singapore.
Read on for more photos from Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s party as well as some fun facts about them!
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