Twin pandas welcome the New Year


The two twin baby pandas of Macao are since this past Friday exposed to the public and growing fast, weighing 12 and 13 kilos, run, climb and eat some bamboo.

At seven months, Jian Jian and Kang Kang, who have been held in the Giant Panda Pavilion until now, will be exposed to the public along with their parents, although only for 2 hours a day until 12 February. After that date, they should be in the public zone of the pavilion only on Sundays. The presence of the twins thus emerges as a Chinese New Year gift for residents and tourists, who can watch the crushes of one of China’s most beloved animals.

During these 2 hours, a day they will be in the enclosure, the baby pandas will always be accompanied by the caretakers, who ensure that they are not hurt. In fact, Jian Jian and Kang Kang try to climb the props of the enclosure that is full of trunks and vegetation, and roll and stumble often. He even put a wooden horse and a boat, which oscillate where they can sit.

“I treat them every day, every moment is very special,” said the therapist Sok I Chao, explaining that it is possible to distinguish the two brothers because the ears of Jian Jian, the older brother, “stand up” and those of Kang Kang “Stay down”.

Jian Jian “has a more animated character and has more curiosity”, Kang Kang ” is timider and cuddlier.” When they were born, Jian Jian weighed 135 grams (normal weight, since the medium is 100 grams), but Kang Kang was only 53.8 grams, being considered “ultralight” and the second smallest in the world.

Despite the difference at birth, today the difference is only 1 kilo: the largest weighs 13 kilos and the smallest 12. The pandas are still fed with milk powder, “but the breeders also already give them some bamboo” despite being A “very small amount”, said veterinarian Huang Wenjun, who is part of the team of three experts who came from the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in China’s Sichuan province.

In addition to these three professionals, eight more people from the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau of Macau take care of the twins and their parents 24 hours a day. “I feel like I’m their mother because I treat them every day. It is a feeling from the bottom of my heart, I want to protect this species, which is very special”, said Sok I Chao.

This feeling is shared by the Chinese veterinarian: “I feel like I’m a father. When I return to service (after the holidays) I see the babies and I want to hug them and kiss them”. On the first day of public exposure, Chinese New Year’s Eve, not many people came to see the babies and some of those who were unaware of the presence of the babies.