“Harap-harap anak Liang Liang tak jadi ultra kiasu”
Our visitor giant panda just gave birth to a cub.
I admit that I laughed out loud when I saw the headline “Harap-harap anak Liang Liang tak jadi ultra kiasu“.
It’s the title of an Ismaweb editorial today. Trenchant (pedas) but funny, even if the 90 percent Chinese will be unable to see any humour in it. They might even label the Ismaweb joke as “racist” and predictably go all ape shit.
But jokes aside, Isma’s Kata Pedang (editor’s pseudonym, like Awang Selamat) made a cogent point when he pointed out that a special complex – above – had to be constructed in Zoo Negara to recreate for the pandas the necessary environment for the pair’s survival.
The most important facility is powerful air conditioning. The pandas need regulated low temperatures. A cold climate is a must because it’s impossible for the pandas to acclimatize themselves to our tropical weather.
Their enclosure is also specially landscaped with plants native to the giant panda’s natural habitat in China. There are boulders and “cooling stones”, “ice blocks” and a waterfall falling into a pond.
And the pandas require a special diet too. Species of China bamboo are being grown in a nursery to feed them. The team of zookeepers and vets caring for the pandas are Malay.
Kata Pedang says the bears “mengekalkan semua identiti asalnya sebagai panda yang berasal dari China”.
The moral of the story: The pandas cannot adjust to Malaysia; Zoo Negara has to adjust to the pandas. They will return home to the motherland after staying here 10 years.
BELOW: The panda in the picture is not Liang Liang or her mate Xing Xing. I’m just putting up this photo because it reminds me of the relationship between MCA and Ah Jib Gor