Madrid zoo’s baby panda now has name
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.
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.