The panda cub is the first ever panda born in Singapore.
River Safari guests can catch Jia Jia and her new panda cub onsite via live feed, the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) announced in a Facebook post on Thursday (Aug 19).
Currently, the panda mummy and her offspring are kept at an off-exhibit den for them to nurse and bond following the birth of the cub on Sunday (Aug 15).
For those who want to visit both mum and child at the exhibit with father Kai Kai, they might have to wait till three months later, WRS told The Straits Times.
However, videos and photos of the Jia Jia and her cub will be posted regularly on the social media platforms so the public can keep abreast of their development.
In the first WRS video posted after the birth of the cub, lead panda caregiver Trisha Tay Ting Ni shared her thoughts on Jia Jia becoming a mum and reflects on her journey in motherhood.
Trisha joined WRS in 2011 and has cared for Kai Kai and Jia Jia through all seven breeding seasons.
She said in the video: “I’m very glad to see that Jia Jia is growing in terms of motherhood and taking care of the cub. For the first couple of days, we could tell she was really tired right after birth. We were also very worried for her that she may (accidentally) squash the cub which was something that the experts mentioned. So we had to check in on her and the cub regularly just to make sure that the position is right and the cub is safe.
“So as the days go by we see her being very mindful of the vocalisation of the cub. She would pick the cub up whenever it calls, and she would try to sit up and try to nurse it, or we see her taking care of it and trying to help it defecate.”
From a Mum to Another
#Teamwork. Kai Kai holds the fort at the Giant Panda Forest, while Jia Jia tirelessly tends to their #littleone. Lead caregiver, Trisha, shares about Jia Jia's first days as a new mum and reflects on motherhood. #riversafari guests can watch Jia Jia and her cub from a live feed onsite. Next up, hear all about THE ultrasound that made many hearts beat. Stay tuned.Posted by Wildlife Reserves Singapore on Thursday, 19 August 2021
WRS added that more updates about the cub will be announced in the coming weeks, including its name and gender. which is “another important milestone ahead”.
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