Malaysia-born panda cub Nuan Nuan going home to China on Nov 14

Seven-month old female giant panda cub Nuan Nuan (right) plays inside the panda enclosure at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on April 7, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Over the past two years, he has been taking special care of his "daughter", even sleeping beside her in rather uncomfortable circumstances just so that she won't be restless.

Soon, he will be missing his "child" Nuan Nuan, the Malaysia-born panda cub.

She is being taken care of by Dr Mat Naim Ramli, director of the Zoology, Veterinary and Giant Panda Conservation Centre.

The Malaysia-born panda cub will be flown to the Duijangyang panda base in Sichuan province in China on Nov 14 to be freed into her natural habitat.

"I'm very attached to Nuan Nuan as she needs to be cuddled until she falls asleep. Solitary animals like pandas are particularly sensitive in character and very sensitive to their surroundings," Dr Mat Naim told reporters at the farewell ceremony for Nuan Nuan at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre in Zoo Negara on Thursday (Oct 5).

"After her mother was separated from her, I took care of her at night. I am sure this won't be the last time I see her. I will visit her in China," he said.

Nuan Nuan, which weighs 82kg, is the fastest naturally conceived panda baby in captivity, born within 15 months of her parents' arrival.

Nuan Nuan's parents, Xing Xing and Liang Liang, arrived in Malaysia in May 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China.

The last day for the public to visit Nuan Nuan will be on Nov 12.

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