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Resident pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia settling in nicely

They eat and sleep in their new air-con dens at River Safari on Day 2

Published on Sep 8, 2012 6:00 AM
Kai Kai in his air-conditioned den on Thursday, tucking into bamboo flown in from China under the watchful eyes of River Safari keepers. -- PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

When keepers checked in on pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia yesterday morning, they were back to their old ways, eating bamboo, the long journey from China behind them.

Keepers said that the pair, tired from the hours of travel, slept well through the night and seem to have settled into their dens.

The next step is for them to get used to their new diet. Yesterday, keepers started mixing locally grown bamboo such as sulphur and hedge bamboo with those that they had brought along from China.

As usual, the more easy-going Kai Kai, who loves his food, did not hesitate to sample them.

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Background story

Panda toy bag contest closed

THE contest to win a pair of panda toy bags has closed after overwhelming response from the public.

The contest, which started yesterday and was to last a week, aimed to give a pair of bags each to the first 50 participants with the correct names of the pandas.

But by 11.30am, The Straits Times had already received 2,500 entries. There were 3,583 at 11pm.

Organisers decided to end the contest as the 50 winners had already been identified. They will get e-mail regarding collection of prizes.

The toy bags, made from recycled pet bottles, are sponsored by CapitaLand - the presenting sponsor and conservation donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme.