Singapore, 14 September 2012 – Male giant panda Kai Kai (凯凯), born on 14 September 2007, spends his first birthday in Singapore today with a delicious cake made of ice, carrots and other panda treats.

Panda-licious: Kai Kai enjoys a special birthday cake made of ice, carrots, apples and high-fibre biscuits. The male giant panda and his female counterpart, Jia Jia, are undergoing quarantine at the den block in River Safari.

Kai Kai watches in anticipation as Abdul Halim, River Safari’s Assistant Curator of Zoology, adds finishing touches to the birthday cake.

Abdul Halim, River Safari’s Assistant Curator of Zoology, arranges high-fibre biscuits to form the initials “KK5” as toppings for Kai Kai’s fifth birthday. The cake had to be frozen overnight and weighed approximately 5 kg.

Kai Kai indulges in a buffet of sulphur bamboo (Phyllostachys sulphurea) and Siamese bamboo (Thyrsostachys siamensis).

Both Kai Kai and Jia Jia have settled into their dens and have started to feast on locally-grown bamboo such as sulphur bamboo and hedge bamboo a day after their arrival on 6 September 2012. After undergoing quarantine, they will be released into their exhibit to explore and familiarise themselves with their new surroundings. Visitors can look forward to visiting Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the giant panda exhibit this December.