Taiwan-born giant panda cub makes public debut

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    TAIPEI, Taiwan (CBS) -- Taipei residents on Monday (January 6) flocked to the zoo to catch a glimpse of the new giant panda cub, Yuan Zai.

    In her first media appearance on Saturday (January 4), she was seen climbing onto logs in the exhibition room under the watchful eye of her mother, Yuan Yuan.

    Six-month-old Yuan Tsai, the first cub of a pair of giant pandas donated by the Chinese mainland as a goodwill gift to Taiwan, weighs at around 14.2 kilograms, the zoo said.

    One parent took his daughter to the zoo for the special purpose of seeing the panda cub.

    "(To) give her a surprise. Yuan Zai will be getting bigger as she grows up, same as you, and therefore, will not be cute anymore so that I'm taking this opportunity to bring her to see its growth," local resident Mr. Huang said.

    Her parents Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, whose names together mean "reunion" in Chinese, were given to Taiwan by China in December 2008.

    China first announced it would donate pandas to Taiwan in 2005, during a Taiwan opposition leader's visit to Beijing.

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