Panda cub opens eyes for first time, now weighs 1.87kg

Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s baby opened his eyes for the first time at 5 weeks’ old.

Khalisa Zulkiflee

Creative writer and comedian on the side.

Published: 24 September 2021, 12:09 PM

The firstborn of Singapore’s giant panda residents, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, has reached another milestone – opening his eyes to the world 40 days after he was born on Sep 22.

Panda cubs are more helpless than other mammal infants as they typically open their eyes at six to eight weeks after being born and do not move around until about three months. 

The baby panda also continues to grow healthily as he gained close to 370g and is now 1870g.

Previously, members of the public were encouraged to submit suggested names for the panda cub on Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS)’s website. A panel of judges are now collating the submissions, before releasing the shortlisted names for voting. 

The panda cub will be named before he turns 100 days old on Nov 21, in line with Chinese traditions. 

Earlier this week, WRS posted a job listing on LinkedIn on Sep 20 looking for a “panda intern” to raise awareness about our wildlife.

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