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Happy birthday, Yuan Zai: Thousands celebrate birthday of first Taiwan-born panda

Published on Jul 6, 2014 2:36 PM
 

TAIPEI (AFP) - Thousands braved the summer heat on Sunday to celebrate the first birthday of Yuan Zai, the first giant panda cub born in Taiwan, who has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors in six months.

Around 3,000 people joined a 10-kilometre (6.2-mile) run which was part of a series of programmes marking the birthday.

Visitors, many of them children with parents, cheered Yuan Zai when she was presented with a birthday cake - made of apples, pineapples, carrots and buns and prepared by the zookeepers.

The main attraction was when the cub grabbed different cards in "Zhua Zhou", a traditional crawling game for one-year-old babies in many Chinese communities.

 
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