Taipei Zoo’s panda cou­ple mark their 11th birth­day

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Gi­ant panda Yuan Yuan and her mate, Tuan Tuan, on Sun­day cel­e­brated their 11th birth­day with cakes dec­o­rated by an­i­mal care work­ers at the Taipei Zoo.

Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan, whose birth­dates are only two days apart, each had one birth­day cake spe­cially made for them.

Yuan Yuan's frozen cake con­sisted largely of ice blocks topped with two large heartshaped ice cubes made of car­rot juice, and was dec­o­rated with sugar cane stalks, bam­boo leaves, star-shaped wa­ter­melon rinds and flower-shaped car­rots and ap­ples.

Tuan Tuan, mean­while, was treated to a sim­i­lar ice cake that was topped with a panda ice sculp­ture, and dec­o­rated with pineap­ples and car­rots, Taipei Zoo spokesman Tsao Hsien-shao said.

Yuan Yuan hurled her cake to the floor be­fore nib­bling on it, while Tuan Tuan took some time to ob­serve the cake, be­fore pick­ing up the sugar cane and start­ing to munch away.

Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan were gifted to Tai­wan by China in 2008 as a cross-Tai­wan Strait ges­ture of good­will. Their fe­male cub Yuan­zai was born in 2013 af­ter four years of ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion at­tempts, us­ing sperm from Tuan Tuan.

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