- The cub was introduced into its new enclosure in Beauval Zoo on Saturday
- The adorable cub’s name means ‘making a dream come true’ in Chinese
- French first lady Brigitte Macron is considered the panda’s ‘godmother’
France’s first panda cub Yuan Meng has made its debut public appearance in front of rapturous crowds at the zoo where it was born five months ago.
The adorable cub’s name means ‘making a dream come true’ in Chinese.
He was introduced into its new enclosure in Beauval Zoo, south of Paris in France’s Centre-Val de Loire region.
France’s first panda cub Yuan Meng has made its debut public appearance
Adoring onlookers ringed the site to see the juvenile cub for the first time. Yuan Meng had been mostly hidden from view since its birth in August last year but left its den on Saturday for its first public appearance.
French first lady Brigitte Macron, considered the panda’s ‘godmother,’ announced the little critter’s name at a ceremony in December at the zoo.
The event was attended by Chinese officials – China has dispatched its national treasure to only about a dozen countries, using the animal as a symbol of close relations.
Adorable photos show Yuan Meng playing with its mother Huan Huan inside its new enclosure
Nine-year-old Huan Huan and her male partner Yuan Zi arrived at Beauval Zoo in January 2012 on a 10 year loan from China after intense negotiations between Paris and Beijing
Breeding pandas is notoriously difficult and this is the first time a cub has been born in France. Yuan Meng was born through artificial insemination.
The adorable five-month-old was watched by rapturous crowds
He was introduced into its new enclosure in Beauval Zoo, south of Paris in France’s Centre-Val de Loire region, on Saturday
‘We got up at 3:00 in the morning. My son absolutely wanted to see the cub,’ said Delphine who had travelled from the Paris region.
‘We felt we took part in a historic moment. It was very moving,’ she said.
Zoo veterinarian Baptiste Mulot said the cub had been brought to the enclosure for short periods over the past 10 days to allow it familiarise it with the surroundings.
The tiny tot was seen playing with its mother Huan Huan who is on loan from China
The Chinese government has used pandas as a way of expressing their close relationship with another country
Panda reproduction, in captivity or in the wild, is notoriously difficult because the female panda is only in heat once a year for about 48 hours.
But the number of pandas worldwide has rebounded since the black-and-white bear was declared an endangered animal in the 1980s, thanks to efforts to protect it and its habitat.
Nine-year-old Huan Huan and her male partner Yuan Zi arrived at Beauval Zoo in January 2012 on a 10-year loan from China after intense negotiations between Paris and Beijing
GERMAN ZOO WELCOMES BABY GORILLA
Wilhelma Zoo is Stuttgart, Germany, had its own surprise this week after one of its gorillas gave birth.
Tuana delivered her second baby, which has still not been named, on January 11.
The tiny creature has been welcomed into the family by the other apes.
The zoo now has a dozen gorillas, all of which belong to the family of a silverback named Kibo.
Hannover Zoo’s family of gorillas grew by one this week after one of its apes gave birth
The tiny creature is the 36th gorilla to be born at the zoo.
Mother Tuana was relocated from Hannover Zoo in 2013.
She can be easily told apart from the other gorillas at the zoo by her fur, which has patches of brown interspersed with the usual black.
Tuana had her first baby in 2014 in the zoo’s then new ape house.
Mother Tuana gave birth to the still unnamed baby just three days ago