Giant panda cub Le Le arrives in China, is now under quarantine

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Rest assured panda fans, ‘Very Important Panda’ Le Le, as dubbed by Singapore Airlines (SIA), arrived safely in Chengdu, China, on Tuesday (Jan 16) night.

He left Singapore at 7.17pm that night in an SIA Boeing 747-400F freighter aircraft and, according to aviation site Flightradar24, landed at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 11.14pm.

The Singapore-born cub, who turns three years old in August, is now serving his second round of quarantine, a mandatory measure, said the Mandai Wildlife Group and SIA in a joint press release on Jan 17.

His quarantine in China is expected to last for 30 days, according to Xinhua news agency. 

He will now will be closely monitored by the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda (CCRCGP) to determine his next home. 

Le Le completed his first quarantine, which lasted four and a half weeks, at River Wonders in the Mandai Wildlife Reserve before his departure.

He made his final appearance on Dec 13 at Pavilion Capital Giant Panda Forest at River Wonders then began serving his quarantine the next day. 

Here’s how Le Le’s emotional departure day went:

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