The Taipei Zoo yesterday said that “Rice Meatball” (肉圓), the temporary nickname of the female panda born on Saturday, is developing healthily.
In the zoo’s daily update on the cub’s status, Chang Shih-hua (張志華), chief of the zoo’s Panda Reproduction Center, said the cub has consumed 75.6cc of milk over the past three days.
The baby panda will be kept in an incubator and raised by zoo staff.
Zookeepers take turns massaging the mother Yuan Yuan’s (圓圓) breasts and extracting colostrum milk.
As the colostrum milk period will soon be over, the zoo will consider mixing powdered milk used for puppies in the milk to meet the cub’s increasing appetite, he said.
Speaking about Yuan Yuan’s condition, Chang said wild pandas do not eat much during the nursing period.
Zoo staff will not prepare big meals for Yuan Yuan, as she is in the nursing stage, and only consumes small amounts of bamboo shoots and honey water.
Chang said the zoo will start giving Yuan Yuan calcium tablets next month and continue to monitor her health.
The zoo provides daily updates and photos of her status in a Web site created for the giant pandas at http://newweb.zoo.gov.tw/panda/news.html.