Thursday 23 November 2017

Never bother me with me ol' bamboo! Male panda inactive on media debut

A giant male panda from China named Cai Tao enjoys a bamboo branch at the Taman Safari Indonesia zoo in Bogor (AP)
A giant male panda from China named Cai Tao enjoys a bamboo branch at the Taman Safari Indonesia zoo in Bogor (AP)

Giant panda Cai Tao was asleep for much of his debut before media in the Indonesian city of Bogor but occasionally perked up to eat bamboo.

Cai Tao and a much more active female, Hu Chen, were shown to reporters on Wednesday as part of preparations for allowing the public to see them starting later this month.

The pair arrived in Indonesia in late September from Chengdu in China and were quarantined at Taman Safari zoo in Bogor, just outside the capital, Jakarta.

The zoo hopes the seven-year-olds will mate and add to the giant panda population.

It has built a special enclosure and facilities that cost about 60 billion rupiah (£3.8 million).

Zoo director Jansen Manansang said he is "very optimistic they can breed here next year or the year after".

AP

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