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First Taiwan-born panda charms media

Published on Jan 4, 2014 8:45 PM
 

TAIPEI (AFP) - The first Taiwan-born giant panda cub was unveiled to the media on Saturday in a warm up for her highly-anticipated public debut next week.

Yuan Zai agilely climbed up and down for most of her 30-minute media preview inside an exhibition enclosure, as mother Yuan Yuan sat lazily aside munching bamboos.

"Yuan Zai is growing bigger and bigger. She is very robust and is gaining strength. After evaluation she can meet the public in two days," Taipei Zoo spokesman Chao Ming-chieh said.

Yuan Zai, who weighed 180 grams at birth, now weighs about 14 kilograms. She will turn six months old on Monday, the day set for her public debut.

 
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