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IAM celebrates Hoi Hoi’s 12th birthday

The Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) said in a statement on Monday that it celebrated Hoi Hoi’s 12th birthday with 30 parents and their children last Monday.

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The Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) said in a statement on Monday that it celebrated Hoi Hoi’s 12th birthday with 30 parents and their children last Monday.

The statement said that the bureau invited 15 pairs of parents and their children to have a birthday party for Macao’s giant panda Hoi Hoi. The statement pointed out that Hoi Hoi’s caretaker gave him an iced-fruit birthday cake, adding that he “devoured” the cake.

According to the statement, Hoi Hoi weighs 129 kilogrammes and is in good health. The statement noted that Hoi Hoi mainly eats bamboo, but the caretakers add non-staple food to ensure that he and Macao’s three other giant pandas get enough nutrition.

The statement also said that during hot summer days, the giant pandas like to play with big or small ice blocks and swim in water, adding that Hoi Hoi “loves to hug the ice blocks tightly”. His name in Putonghua is Kai Kai.

According to a government website, Hoi Hoi and the other giant panda Sam Sam (their names mean “Happiness” in Cantonese when combined as “Hoi Sam”) were gifts from President Xi Jinping during his visit to Macao for the celebration of the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to the motherland. In 2016, Sam Sam gave birth to twins Kin Kin and Hong Hong, which means “healthy” when combined as “Kin Hong” in Cantonese. The four-member family lives at the Macao Giant Panda Pavilion in Seac Pai Van.

The original Sam Sam died in 2014 of liver failure and the following year Macao was presented with another female panda, also named Sam Sam, who is the mother of Kin Kin and Hong Hong. Sam Sam is now 13 years old.

(The Macau Post Daily/Macau News)
PHOTO © Government Information Bureau (GCS)

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