Panda Cub, Mother Reunited at Taiwan Zoo

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Taiwan's first newborn panda was reunited Tuesday with its mother for the first time since it was taken away after birth, in a heartwarming reunion that saw the giant panda licking and cuddling her baby inside a cage.



Zookeepers in Taipei had to separate tiny Yuan Zai from its mother, Yuan Yuan, last month, to be raised in an incubator as the cub needed care and round-the-clock monitoring after it was slightly injured a few days after birth.

The female cub was put inside Yuan Yuan's enclosure Tuesday where the mother gently picked her up, embraced and breastfed her in an heartwarming scene that immediately made waves in the local and international media.

The mother and daughter later fell asleep together following the reunion that lasted several hours. The zoo said it was still evaluating when the 39-day-old cub can be formally reunited with her mother. The cub, the first panda born in Taiwan, was delivered on July 7 following a series of artificial insemination sessions after her parents -- Yuan Yuan and her partner Tuan Tuan -- failed to conceive naturally.



The birth of Yuan Zai, which means child of Yuan Yuan, has sparked great joy in Taiwan with local media carrying daily reports and photos on her growth. The public will have to wait for another two months to see her.

The Taipei zoo has kicked off a naming campaign for the cub, with the public voting on what to name her and the final result expected to be announced on October 26. Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan were given to Taiwan by China in December 2008 and have become both star attractions at Taipei Zoo as well as a symbol of the fast improving ties between Taiwan and its former bitter rival China.

Taiwan will be allowed to keep the cub as the panda couple were a gift from China rather than a loan, Taipei officials have said. Fewer than 1,600 pandas remain in the wild, mainly in Sichuan province, with a further 300 in captivity around the world.

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Arnold Schindel

It is SO beautiful to see a Large but yet WARMING and A ttending a recently created baby and further in a far away Country half way around the World.

THIS SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE in countries that are "rotting intern\ally HUMANS

August 15 2013 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
philsun73

Animals are emotionally sensitive to many things that humans have brushed off in their own ignorance. I have been the keeper of several different dogs at different times, and believe me, those little rascals can talk. Using eye contact and certain body language they will let you know what they need, or want. I only wish that God had given them a longer life span. Dogs that are well treated are not vicious, As a matter of fact, they are extremely loyal, and loving.

August 14 2013 at 6:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
JOE DELFINO

i want 1 please

August 14 2013 at 6:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Velocity105

I wish all human mothers were that passionate about their babies.

August 14 2013 at 2:25 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
weezlu

it is NOT fluff it is beautiful and gives people an insight to how animals have feelings and to have compassion and empathy for our fellow GOD's creatures .

August 14 2013 at 12:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
edwbiker

It's a wise bear who knows her own cub.

August 14 2013 at 12:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
melcast

yes very heart warming just dont like the concrete enclosure thats heart less

August 13 2013 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
melcast

1

August 13 2013 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gmclc

A MOM WILL ALWAYS be a mom. Mommy at work. So very, very cute. Love in action both ways.

August 13 2013 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Belinda

Awwwww, and some more Awwwww!!

August 13 2013 at 10:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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