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Giant Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia Undergo First Routine Medical Examination

Giant Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia Undergo First Routine Medical Examination

Plugging this for the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS). It’s just a routine medical examination, but because they are giant pandas, anything they do are news!

WRS’ veterinary team, led by Assistant Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Serena Oh (centre), observes the dental formula and examines the condition of Kai Kai’s teeth.

WRS’ veterinary team, led by Assistant Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Serena Oh (centre), observes the dental formula and examines the condition of Kai Kai’s teeth.

I missed the two pandas arrival in Singapore as I was away in Hong Kong. I am definitely bringing my son, Asher to visit them once they are ready for public visits. 🙂

Giant pandas Kai Kai (凯凯) and Jia Jia (嘉嘉) yesterday underwent a thorough medical examination as part of their quarantine routine. This routine check-up is conducted for all new animals that are added into WRS parks to ensure that the animals are healthy. This is usually carried out after the new animals have settled in their quarantine dens.

WRS’ veterinary team positions a sedated Kai Kai in preparation for the medical examination. Kai Kai was anaesthetised at 9.25am.

WRS’ veterinary team positions a sedated Kai Kai in preparation for the medical examination. Kai Kai was anaesthetised at 9.25am.

WRS’ zoology and veterinary teams had previously conducted daily observational checks on the two giant pandas since their arrival on 6 September. Yesterday’s complete medical examination included a full dental and body check, blood sample withdrawal, an X-ray and ultrasound scan and a Tuberculin test. Each examination took approximately one hour. Medical checks show that Kai Kai and Jia Jia are doing fine.

Female giant panda Jia Jia being wheeled out on a stretcher at WRS’ Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre.

Female giant panda Jia Jia being wheeled out on a stretcher at WRS’ Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre.

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

ABOUT RIVER SAFARI
River Safari, the newest addition to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks, will be the Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park. Occupying 12 hectares and to be developed at a cost of S$160 million, the park will boast an immense collection of freshwater flora and fauna, numbering over 150 plant species, 300 animal species and over 5,000 animal specimens.

River Safari, located near Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, will be home to a pair of giant pandas for 10 years as part of a joint collaboration between China Wildlife Conservation Association and Wildlife Reserves Singapore to promote giant panda conservation. The giant pandas will be housed in a specially constructed climate-controlled exhibit along the Yangtze River display.

CapitaLand is the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda collaborative programme and Singapore Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor of these gentle animals.

River Safari is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road.

More information can be found at www.riversafari.com.sg

ABOUT WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is the parent company of award-winning attractions Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and the upcoming River Safari. WRS is dedicated to the management of world-class leisure attractions that foster conservation and research while educating visitors about animals and their habitats.

A self-funded organisation, WRS also collaborates with various partners, organisations and institutions aimed to protect local and global biodiversity. In 2011, Jurong Bird Park welcomed 936,000 local and overseas visitors, Night Safari 1.14 million, and Singapore Zoo 1.69 million.

More information can be found at www.wrs.com.sg

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