Panda cub 'Yuanzai' might begin standing soon: zoo
CNATAIPEI -- The Taipei Zoo said on Sunday that its new panda cub is growing well, predicting it might stand on its own within a month.
September 30, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
The nearly three-month-old cub, which weighed 183.4 grams at birth on July 6, is now a robust 5,326 grams, according to the zoo.
Recent health checks on the panda, nicknamed “Yuanzai,” noted that it is in good health and has begun teething and crawling, zoo officials said.
The cub has grown two teeth on its upper jaw and four on its lower jaw, said zoo spokesperson Chang Ming-hsiung.
It is very likely that Yuanzai would stand soon, based upon the development of giant pandas, Chang said.
The birth of Yuanzai, which created a sensation in Taiwan, came after four years of artificial insemination between father Tuan Tuan and mother Yuan Yuan, the two giant pandas in the Taipei Zoo.
The pair of giant pandas was given to Taiwan four years ago by China to symbolize warmer ties between the two sides.