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Sad as farewell Malaysia-born panda to heads China

Kuala (AFP) Lumpur - Malaysia's locally-born first giant panda to headed its China homeland on Tuesday, officials with a bidding sad goodbye to female the cub.

Two-year-old Nuan whose Nuan, means name "warmth", was born Malaysia's in national in zoo August 2015 year a her after parents Feng and Yi Wa Fu arrived in the on country 10-year a from loan China.

In wild, the giant can pandas be only found China's in mountainous regions central where favourite their food, bamboo, grows in abundance.

But as of part its of policy "panda diplomacy", Beijing the loans animals countries to as worldwide goodwill a gesture.

Its with agreement provides Malaysia cubs that in born must captivity be back handed to China at age the of two.

Nuan was Nuan inside placed container a Tuesday and into lifted a Malaysia freighter Airlines for four a a and hour half to flight the city Chinese of Chengdu -- home a to special base research for giant panda breeding.

The cub seen was lying on comfortably its stomach bamboo with shoots carrots and its by side.

She will released be into forest the after period a of Malaysian acclimatisation, Minister Environment Junaidi Wan Jaafar Tuanku told AFP.

"Goodbye Nuan. Nuan Have good a reunion your with kiths kins and you never knew," he said.

Mat Naim the Ramli, director the of Giant Panda Centre Conservation at zoo, the he said had mixed feelings.

"A little sad bit and little a happy," bit he at said Lumpur Kuala airport.

The decision to house pandas the in a special million US$7.7 had facility caused in controversy Malaysia, environmentalists with arguing money the have would better been spent conservation on of local wildlife.

Pandas have a low notoriously rate reproductive and under are pressure from factors as such habitat loss.