France's first panda cub makes debut appearance

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

The first panda cub to be born in France has made its public debut five months after its birth.

The French first lady, Brigitte Macron, was named the panda's "godmother" at the Beauval zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher.

Yuan Meng, which means "making a dream come true" in Chinese, was introduced into his new enclosure in Beauval zoo in central France along with his mother as adoring onlookers ringed the site.

Now aged just four months, he stunned visitors to Beauval with his adorable antics in his first public appearance on Saturday.

"We felt we took part in a historic moment. My son absolutely wanted to see the cub".

Delphine Delord, chief of communication at the zoo, took the opportunity to brief the first visitors on the challenging reproduction process of pandas, and the protection of the endangered animals.

The parents of Yuan Meng, Huan Huan and Yuan Zi, arrived in France in January 2012 on a 10-year loan from China.

Reproduction between pandas is notoriously hard as the female pandas are only fertile for a couple of days per year.

China has dispatched its national treasure to only about a dozen countries, using the animal as a symbol of close relations.

Sadly, Yuan Meng's twin died after birth.

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