Madrid zoo’s baby panda now has name

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE -

Madrid’s zoo has named its lat­est baby panda Chulina, mean­ing Lit­tle Cutey.

The name pays homage to Chulin, the first panda born at the zoo 34 years ago.

The nearly 5-month-old fe­male is the fifth gi­ant panda to be born at Madrid’s zoo. Her name also refers to bam­boo, the sta­ple of pan­das’ diet, which in Chi­nese is zhulin.

Chulina was con­ceived nat­u­rally by two pan­das that the Madrid zoo has leased from China since 2007. She is the first fe­male panda born at the zoo.

The panda was con­sid­ered to be in danger of ex­tinc­tion, but there are now 1,864 gi­ant pan­das in the wild in China.

China’s am­bas­sador to Spain, Lyu Fan, said at the zoo on Thurs­day that Chulina was the fruit of both coun­tries’ friend­ship and re­search into pan­das.

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Chulina, a fe­male baby panda born last Au­gust, rests in­side her in­door en­clo­sure dur­ing her pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion at the zoo in Madrid, Spain, on Thurs­day.

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