Long Awaited Panda Cub Born in Taiwan

Female born to Yuan Yuan, a gift from China
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2013 6:41 AM CDT
Long Awaited Panda Cub Born in Taiwan
In this photo taken Saturday, July 6, 2013 released by the Taipei Zoo, a panda cub is seen shortly after being born to Yuan Yuan.   (AP Photo/Taipei Zoo)

A onetime gift from China to Taiwan is multiplying: Yuan Yuan, a 9-year-old female giant panda, gave birth to a female cub last night, reports the Global Times. She had been artificially inseminated in March, the seventh time in three years, and the unnamed female cub is her first. Beijing gave Yuan Yuan and mate Tuan Tuan, whose names together mean "reunion," to Taiwan in 2008 to mark warming relations. The panda pair are much beloved in Taiwan, notes the AP, and Yuan Yuan's long awaited pregnancy had been closely watched. (Read more Yuan Yuan stories.)

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