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First Taiwan-born panda cub Yuan Zai makes public debut

Published on Jan 6, 2014 2:02 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - The first giant panda cub born in Taiwan made her much-anticipated public debut on Monday, entertaining thousands of excited fans who flocked to her enclosure.

Yuan Zai clambered around a wooden structure inside the enclosure while mother Yuan Yuan munched bamboo. The cub captivated the crowds for 40 minutes before falling asleep.

"Her muscles are getting stronger and stronger. It is no problem for her to crawl up and down the structure," Taipei Zoo spokesman Chao Ming-chieh said.

"But whenever her activity slows down, then she is telling you that she needs a nap."

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