Cud­dly new­com­ers make their de­but in Chengdu

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - SHE YI / FOR CHINA DAILY

Ten of the 11 gi­ant pan­das born this year make their pub­lic de­but at the Chengdu Re­search Base of Gi­ant Panda Breed­ing in Chengdu, Sichuan prov­ince, on Fri­day, ahead of Na­tional Day on Sun­day. The base, with 184 pan­das, is the world’s big­gest cen­ter for cap­tive gi­ant pan­das.

Eleven panda cubs born this year met the pub­lic for the first time at the Chengdu Re­search Base of Gi­ant Panda Breed­ing in Sichuan prov­ince on Fri­day.

“Vis­i­tors can see them be­ing to­gether in a nurs­ery dur­ing the Na­tional Day hol­i­day,” said base chief Zhang Zhihe.

The hol­i­day, which falls on Oct 1, will last eight days this year. It is the tra­di­tion of the base to place all the new­born panda cubs of the year in a nurs­ery dur­ing the hol­i­day so that vis­i­tors can see them, he said.

Since April 24, the base has wit­nessed the birth of five male cubs and six fe­male cubs.

On Fri­day, keep­ers held the 11 cubs to form the num­ber 30, sym­bol­iz­ing the 30th an­niver­sary of the base.

In 1987, the base was set up in Futou Hill in Chengdu with six sick and hun­gry pan­das from the wild. Now the base is home to 184 pan­das and has loaned pan­das to 13 coun­tries and re­gions in the world.

On Thurs­day, Xing Bao, a 4-year-old panda born in Zoo Madrid in Spain, re­turned to the base. Its par­ents from the base have been loaned to the zoo.

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