Panda cub Le Le celebrates one-year-old birthday
Le Le, the first giant panda cub born in Singapore, celebrated his first birthday accompanied by mum Jia Jia with a three-tier ice cake stuffed with carrots, bamboos, edible flowers and apple slices at the Giant Panda Forest at River Wonders on Friday (Aug 12).
The cub celebrated the occasion with milestones, including his first bites of solid food. While he is still mainly reliant on his mother's milk, the panda cub has started to eat solid food such as pellets and carrots since June this year.
Another milestone is Le Le starting on positive reinforcement training to prepare for routine health monitoring. This is to prepare him for routine medical procedures by making use of rewards such as treats of pellets to encourage a desired behaviour.
The birthday celebrations will continue on Sunday. Fans of Le Le can catch him celebrating his birthday with another cake at 10am at the Giant Panda Forest.
Le Le was born to giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at about 7.50am on Aug 14 last year - their firstborn since they arrived in Singapore in 2012 on loan from China.
Weighing just an estimated 200g at birth, he has grown to weigh more than 33kg as at Friday.