From Chet Chin
Who would have thought, when I agreed to adopt a one-month-old giant panda cub back in September 2006, that she would one day be coming to my country? Yes, Feng Yi, my adopted panda, is one of two pandas who will be coming to Malaysia as part of the 10-year loan agreement signed with China in June 2012. Since adopting her, I’ve had the pleasure of charting her growth through the updates and photos sent by Pandas International. I’ve also visited Feng Yi every year since our first meeting in Wolong Panda Center in September 2007.
I’d helped to look after Gong Zhu for a week during my volunteer trip to Bifengxia Panda Base in August 2008. When I returned home, I kept thinking about her and decided to adopt her. At the time, she was 10 and already a mother a few times over. I became an instant grandmother the moment I adopted her, and continue to enjoy grandmotherhood with each of her new cubs. That’s one advantage of adopting a giant panda mother. I’ve also visited Gong Zhu every year – sometimes twice a year – since I adopted her.