"We're Going To Miss You Both" — Zoo Negara To Send Panda Cubs Back Home This May

Zoo Negara shared an adorable tribute to the giant panda cubs, Yiyi and Sheng Yi, before they return to China.

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Zoo Negara has announced on TikTok that it will be sending two Malaysian-born giant panda cubs, Yiyi and Sheng Yi, back to China soon

According to CGTN, the zoo will be sending the panda cubs, who were born in 2018 and 2021, respectively, in May.

The 20-second video posted by Zoo Negara on its TikTok account showed the two panda cubs relaxing in their 1.6 hectare enclosure before playfully wrestling with each other.

The zoo's caption read, "We are going to miss you both, Yiyi and Sheng Yi."

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Yiyi and Sheng Yi are cubs born to giant pandas Xing Xing and Liang Liang, who have been in Malaysia since 2014

According to The Star, Xing Xing and Liang Liang are on a-ten year loan agreement with China, and will only be going home in 2024.

The couple's first born cub, Nuan Nuan, was born in 2015 and has already been returned to China in 2017.

Zoo Negara is playing host to these endangered animals as pandas are considered to be one of the most protected species in the world due to their limited numbers. Pandas are often enclosed in protected areas, such as zoos, to give them a better life.

Nuan Nuan playing with Liang Liang in Zoo Negara in August 2016.

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Following the announcement by Zoo Negara, several netizens expressed their sadness of no longer being able to see them again

"Seriously, they're going back already. I wasn't able to go visit the pandas," cried a TikTok user.

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"Leaving already? I feel like crying, wasn't able to meet them," said another sad user

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Another netizen said, "So sad to hear, we will miss Yiyi and Sheng Yi. Fortunately, I was able to record many videos of them before their departure back to China. Thank you, Zoo Negara Malaysia, for taking good care of them."

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Some netizens also shared how proud they were that Malaysia has been able to care for these pandas so well

"At least we showed that we can look after the pandas well. Who knows maybe in the future we will receive a new batch of pandas or maybe we can try adopting a red panda next," commented a TikTok user.

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"The pandas in Zoo Negara look so healthy. It's pitiful to see the pandas in the Memphis Zoo. They look so skinny and frail, not at all how pandas are supposed to look," compared another.

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"Thank you for taking such good care of them. This is proof that the two parent pandas weren't forced to reproduce," said a grateful TikTok user.

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