Nine years old but they don't look a day over cute
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Giant panda Yuan Yuan and her mate, Tuan Tuan, on Saturday celebrated their ninth birthday with cake and the company of their 56-day-old daughter, nicknamed Yuanzai.
September 1, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan, whose birthdates are only two days apart, each had one birthday cake specially made for them, Taipei Zoo spokesman Tsao Hsien-shao said.
To improve postnatal health for Yuan Yuan, Tsao said the cakes this year were made of healthier buns, as well as nutritious ingredients such as grapes, carrots, sweet potatoes and apples, to replace the ice cream cakes that were often served in the past.
The two pandas enjoyed their cakes in separate rooms. Tuan Tuan devoured his in front of zoo visitors, while Yuan Yuan ate hers at the delivery room, where she could attend to her cub.
Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan were gifted to Taiwan by China in 2008 as a cross-Taiwan Strait gesture of goodwill.
Yuanzai was born after four years of artificial insemination attempts, using sperm from Tuan Tuan.