The one-week-old baby giant panda in the Taipei zoo has passed an important milestone Monday. The first seven days are considered to be the most dangerous for the baby panda’s health.
The cub now weighs eight-and-a-half ounces, and was injured in her left leg during labor. The wound has healed now, but for fear that the mother panda’s lick might cause infections, the zoo said they would keep the baby in an incubator away from the mother for the time being.
The female cub, was named Yuanzai by nurses because she looked like a yuan zai, which is Chinese for rice ball. She will get her official name several months later. She is the baby of Yuanyuan and Tuantuan, two giant pandas sent from the Chinese mainland as a gift in 2008.
Born in the Taipei zoo on July 6th, the cub has re-ignited talks of “panda diplomacy” between mainland China and Taiwan. She is one of the first pandas born outside the mainland to be allowed to remain in its birthplace.
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