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France’s first panda cub makes debut appearance

France’s first panda cub makes debut appearance

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Yuan Meng (R) cub panda and its mother Huan Huan, eating bamboo sticks, explores their new enclosure
France’s first panda cub made its debut on Saturday, June 14th, 2011 at 6:05 pm Yuan Meng, which means “making a dream come true” in Chinese, was introduced into his new enclosure in Beauval zoo in central France along with his mother adoring onlookers ringed the site.
“We got up at 3:00 in the morning,” said Delphine, who had traveled to the Paris region. “We felt we were part of a historic moment.” It was very moving, “she said.

AFP / GUILLAUME SOUVANT
Yuan Meng means ‘making a dream come true’ in Chinese
Zoo veterinarian Baptiste Mulot said the cub had been brought to the enclosure to familiarize himself with the surroundings. Panda breeding, in captivity or in the wild, is notoriously difficult because the female panda is only in heat for a period of 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. China has shipped its products to other countries, using the animal as a symbol of close relations. A young man arrived in Beauval in 2012 after high-level negotiations between Paris and Beijing, but Yuan Meng was born through artificial insemination.

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