Taipei Zoo’s panda couple mark their 11th birthday
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.