Meet ’round baby’: Second Taiwan-born panda cub makes first debut to the public at a zoo with her mother that was given to the nation as a gift
- Taiwan’s second born panda made her first media appearance Monday
- Zoo officials carried the cub into an enclosed pen where her mother was
- Yuan Boa, which means round baby, was born on June 28, 2020
- However, she was not revealed to the public until six months later
A small, baby panda was carried into a pen with glass windows at the Taipe Zoo in Taiwan for her media debut Monday.
The cub, named Yuan Boa, was unveiled to some 150 guests and reporters for the first time since her birth on June 28 to Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan.
The parents were gifted to the Taiwan zoo by China to mark then warming relations between to two rivalling countries.
Yuan Bao, which means ’round baby’ in Chinese, was seen clambering over a wooden fame and playing in sawdust as the audience watched from outside the cage.
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A small, baby panda was carried into a pen with glass windows at the Taipe Zoo in Taiwan for her media debut Monday
The newborn cub is the second panda to be born in the Taiwan zoo.
She weighs more than 30 pounds, which is an increase of 6.5 ounces since birth.
China usually only loans its pandas to foreign zoos, but gave the breeding pair—whose names combine to mean ‘reunion’ or ‘unity’.
China views Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to one day bring the self-ruled democratic island back into the fold, by force if necessary.
The cub, named Yuan Boa, was unveiled to some 150 guests and reporters for the first time since her birth on June 28 to Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan (pictured)
Taiwan’s zoo has seen a flurry of births this year, including a gorilla, koala, Malayan tapir and pangolin.
Yuan Yuan gave birth to a daughter Yuan Zai in 2013—the first giant panda born in Taiwan. The family has been the top attraction at the zoo.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, just over 1,800 are believed remaining in the wild.
Adventure World in a resort town of Shirahama in Japan welcomed a baby panda in November, which was announced as a male at the time.
Yuan Yuan (left) gave birth to a daughter Yuan Zai in 2013—the first giant panda born in Taiwan. The family has been the top attraction at the zoo
Yuan Bao was born in June to a panda couple that was gifted by China in 2008 to mark then warming relations between Beijing and Taipei. According to the World Wildlife Fund, just over 1,800 are believed remaining in the wild
However, on Christmas Eve, zoo officials released a statement that the cub is actually a baby girl.
The unnamed animal was deemed a boy because the distance between its anus and urinary opening was longer than usually found in girl pandas.
But when zoo workers palpated the cub this week they found no testicles and realized a mistake had been made.
Pandas are born with undeveloped reproductive organs, officials say, making it difficult to sex them.
The new cub is now over two pounds, and her telltale black-and-white fur has already started to become visible.
The zoo, located in Wakayama Prefecture, has invited the public to help come up with a name, the Chinese state newspaper Global Times reports.
She’s something of a ‘miracle’ baby, sired by a 28-year-old male, the oldest giant panda in captivity.
Adventure World in a resort town of Shirahama in Japan welcomed a baby panda (pictured) in November, which was announced as a male at the time, but recently announced the cub is actually a girl
If he were human, Eimei would be over 80.
Eimei is also the oldest panda in captivity to reproduce through natural breeding, with 15 other cubs, 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The new cub is the first born at Adventure World in two years and would have been the first male in a decade.
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