The almost eight-week-old cub might be chomping on bamboo shoots sooner than expected.
The first panda born in Singapore is growing faster than average pandas.
Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s yet-to-be-named cub, born on Aug 14, now measures at 51.5cm from the tip of his nose to the base of his tail. He has also crossed the 3kg mark on Thursday (Oct 7).
The cub also has six baby teeth, leading Wildlife Reserves Singapore to believe that he may start chomping on bamboo soon. Caretakers at the River Safari first spotted four teeth lining the cub’s lower jaw on Sep 23, when he was 42 days old, before finding two more 10 days later.
Usually, baby pandas start growing their teeth when they are three months old and attempt eating bamboo shoots around seven months old.
The cub had opened his eyes when he was 40 days old.
He continues to be cared for by mother Jia Jia in an off-exhibit maternity ward.
He will be named before he turns 100 days old on Nov 21.
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