Zoo Negara Celebrates Panda Sheng Yi's 2nd Birthday With Cake & Presents

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Zoo Negara Celebrates Panda Sheng Yi's 2nd Birthday With Cake & Presents

BY : Patrick Beech

Malaysian-born panda, Sheng Yi recently turned two and to celebrate her birthday, caretakers at Zoo Negara threw her a special party.

Considering the hot weather, in the last few weeks, the caretakers got Sheng Yi a shaved ice cake made entirely of fruits and ice.

The cake was decorated with bamboo shoots and flowers while the fruits included apples, dragon fruit, papayas and grapes.

Sheng Yi also received several presents which included small toy balls.

The caretakers also decorated the panda enclosure with balloons, which included a special panda balloon.

Many then waited for Sheng Yi to enter her enclosure. The panda was delighted with the cake and quickly dived into it.

Originally, Sheng Yi's parents, Xing Xing and Liang Liang, were loaned to Malaysia by the Chinese government back in 2014, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the established diplomatic relations between the two nations.

To date, Xing Xing and Liang Liang have had three cubs — Nuan Nuan, who was born in 2015 and subsequently returned to China in 2017; Yi Yi, who was born in 2018; and Sheng Yi, who was born in 2021.

The Malaysia-China agreement stipulates that each giant panda cub needed to be sent back to China once they reached 24 months of age and no more than four years old.