Singapore, 20 September 2012 – Giant pandas Kai Kai (凯凯) and Jia Jia (嘉嘉) today
underwent a thorough medical examination as part of their quarantine routine. This routine check-up is conducted for all new animals that are added into Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s (WRS) parks to ensure that the animals are healthy. This is usually carried out after the new animals have settled in their quarantine dens.

WRS’ zoology and veterinary teams had previously conducted daily observational checks on the two giant pandas since their arrival on 6 September. Today’s complete medical examination included a full dental and body check, blood sample withdrawal, an X-ray and ultrasound scan and a Tuberculin test. Each examination took approximately one hour. Medical checks show that Kai Kai and Jia Jia are doing fine.

WRS’ veterinary team, led by Assistant Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Serena Oh (centre), observes the dental formula and examines the condition of Kai Kai’s teeth.

WRS’ veterinary team positions a sedated Kai Kai in preparation for the medical examination. Kai Kai was anaesthetised at 9.25am.

Female giant panda Jia Jia being wheeled out on a stretcher at WRS’ Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre.