Malaysia’s first locally-born panda, ‘Nuan Nuan’ boarded a MABkargo A330-200 freighter on 14 November bound for Dujiangyan Panda Base in Sichuan, China. The panda cub’s travel to China is part the Malaysia-China Giant Panda International Conservation Agreement in which any panda cub born in Malaysia is to be returned to China upon the age of two.
Nuan Nuan, which means warmth, was born in August 2015 to a pair of giant pandas, Xing Xing and Liang Liang. Nuan Nuan was accompanied by Zoology, Veterinary and Giant Panda Conservation Centre director Dr Mat Naim Ramli and another vet Dr Jessie Ho, along with MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) chief executive officer Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi.
Luqman said: ““In a relationship that augurs well for Malaysia, we are proud to be a part of such a significant event. It is an honour for MASkargo to transport one of the national treasures of the Republic of China to her homeland.”
He adds: ““The staff at Animal Hotel undergo regular trainings to keep themselves updated with the latest know-how on both safety and animal welfare pertaining to shipments of live animals by air. In the past, we have transported exotic animals such as sea lions, tiger sharks, baby giraffes and rhinoceros to name a few. Our vast experience in pet and animal transportation has accorded MASkargo with a membership in the IATA Live Animal Board.”