Two pandas at Taipei Zoo have been placed on a brand new train routine and a particular weight-loss eating regimen after they turned overweight, authorities have mentioned.
The 2 animals have been born after mainland China gifted a pair of pandas to Taiwan in 2008.
9-year-old Yuan Zai and its youthful sister Yuan Bao, simply over a yr outdated, are the star sights of Taipei Zoo, Xinhua, China’s state information company reported. The pandas now weigh 115kg and 70kg respectively.
The perfect weight vary for feminine grownup pandas are between 105kg and 110kg. Weight problems might result in hypertension and hyperglycemia in pandas, which might trigger critical well being issues to the bears.
A press release from the zoo mentioned the animals have been nonetheless wholesome and that these measures have been pre-emptive, designed to “assist them attain their excellent weight”.
Throughout their weight-loss journey, the sisters shall be fed a particular eating regimen low in salt, sugar and fat. However the eating regimen plan would nonetheless be excessive on protein.
They’d be fed objects reminiscent of steamed bread, corn, and soybean.
Yuan Zai, the primary Taiwan-born panda, enjoys its birthday cake, in the course of the celebration of its first birthday on the Taipei Metropolis Zoo in 2014
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Together with the eating regimen, the pandas shall be inspired to train and lead a extra energetic way of life. They may even be inspired to play video games designed by the keepers to maintain them energetic and burn fats.
“For the sake of their well being, I hope to slowly assist them obtain their excellent weight via the change of meals,” their keeper mentioned.
The zookeeper mentioned the animals have had a sedentary way of life resulting from their time in captivity.
Yuan Zai was the primary panda born in Taiwan to Yuan Yuan and its associate Tuan Tua, which have been despatched by China to the island for a sequence of synthetic insemination periods. The pair had did not conceive naturally and underwent the scientific process to ship the infants.