At the Beauval zoo, the panda twins Huanlili and Yuandudu celebrated their one year

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Huanlili and Yuandudu, the panda twins from the Beauval zoo, asked for their first birthday on Tuesday without lingering, despite the crowd having made the special trip to Saint-Aignan (Loir-et-Cher).

A timid celebration, but a year is worth celebrating! The Beauval zoo panda twins, Huanlili and Yuandudu, asked for their first birthday on Tuesday, August 2 – the equivalent of three years in human age – in front of a crowd who made the special trip to Saint-Aignan.

After watching her cake for a few minutes, Huanlili finally decided to come closer to the delight of the many visitors, sometimes dressed as pandas. But the little female went back immediately to see her sister Yuandudu, who stayed away.

Attracted by the healers, Huanlili ended up tasting her bamboo and mint cake. Not convinced by his lick, she returned to see her sister, marking the end of this first birthday party.

Not enough to dampen the enthusiasm of Béatrice, who came from Marseille with her daughter. “We came specially. We still managed to see the binoculars through people’s cameras. It’s magnificent. It’s worth the trip,” she smiled.

Raised on tiptoe, Catherine tried to take pictures. “It’s great even if we can’t see them too much. We’ll come back during the day because we came for the birthday of my granddaughter, who was born the same day as the pandas”, explained the grandmother from Falaise (Calvados).

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All smiles among the some 300 people gathered in front of the enclosure, the director of the zoo Rodolphe Delord lived “an exceptional moment”.

“Since 2012 and the arrival of the pandas, we have experienced a lot of them. (…) They are doing wonderfully. They weigh 24 and 29 kilos. We have managed to breed both, and that is extraordinary” , he welcomed. The sisters weighed 150 grams at birth.

“Visitors were there as early as 7 a.m. to be the first to see the pandas. We should raise awareness about nature conservation. For children, this is often the first trip to the wild world,” the leader revealed. .

The parents, Yuan Zi and Huan Huan, had been ready for ten years in France in 2012. Their lease had been extended until 2024 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Beauval “hopes” to continue to host the two plantigrades after 2024.

With AFP


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