KUALA LUMPUR: A panda cub born to Liang Liang and Xing Xing at Zoo Negara last week is a female, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar announced on Saturday.

In a statement, he said that the cub weighs 190gm and appears to be healthy.

“I am very pleased to announce that the newly-born giant panda is a female, and that the baby is healthy and is being cared for very well by her mother and handlers at Zoo Negara.

“We hope that she will continue to be healthy and we look forward to being able to visit her in the near future,” he said.

The newborn is the second offspring of the two giant pandas, which were loaned by China to Malaysia for 10 years in 2014 to mark the two country’s 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

Their first cub, Nuan Nuan, also a female, was born on Aug 18, 2015.

Nuan Nuan, the country's first locally-born panda, was returned to her homeland on Nov 14 last year as part of an agreement in which panda offspring are returned to China once they reach the age of 2.

In a statement on Thursday, the Chinese Embassy said the panda cub is “a new envoy” for China and Malaysia.

“The panda family has attracted a lot of attention, and enjoyed great (admiration) from the Malaysian people. (They) are regarded as a symbol of China-Malaysia’s friendship,” it added.

The newborn panda cub to Liang Liang and Xing Xing is a female, says Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. NSTP pic.