Panda Yuan Zai celebrates her fifth birthday with two cakes in Taipei

Who’s the lucky girl? Panda Yuan Zai celebrates her fifth birthday with TWO cakes decorated with her favourite vegetables and fruits

  • Taipei Zoo held a birthday party for Yuan Zai as the female panda turned five years old today
  • Chefs put carrots, potatoes, melons and grapes on the frozen cakes to treat the fluffy star
  • Yuan Zai couldn’t finish both cakes, so staff gave one of them to her 13-year-old father Tuan Tuan
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A very lucky panda was given not one, but two birthday cakes as she turned five today.   

Staff from the Taipei Zoo used the panda’s favourite vegetables and fruits – carrots, potatoes, melons and grapes – to decorate the cakes for birthday star Yuan Zai (圓仔), the first giant panda to be born in Taiwan.

Yuan Zai’s fans started queuing outside her enclosure early in the morning in order to get into the panda’s birthday party organised by the zoo.

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    Happy birthday! Yuan Zai, a panda living in Taipei Zoo, celebrated her fifth birthday today with lots of love and attention


    Enjoy your gifts! The zoo prepared not one, but two cakes for the female panda, which were topped with her favourite foods


    Delicious: Chefs used grapes, apples and carrot to spell out the words ‘love Zai Zai’ and ‘happy 5’ on the colourful cakes

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    Fans wrote their warm wishes for Yuan Zai on birthday cards, which were hung up in her enclosure for the party – together with photos documenting the panda’s growth. 

    Many fans wished that Yuan Zai could find her ‘other half’ soon.

    The zoo’s chefs prepared two frozen cakes for Yuan Zai. They used grapes, apples and carrot to spell out the words ‘love Zai Zai’ and ‘happy 5’ on the colourful cakes.

    The zoo also released a video showing the panda’s birthday celebration on its YouTube channel. 


    You’re a big girl now! The zoo is talking to the authorities in China to discuss the possibility of finding a partner for Yuan Zai




    Born on July 6, 2013, to father Tuan Tuan and mother Yuan Yuan, five-year-old Yuan Zai is the first panda to be born in Taiwan


    Yuan Zai’s fans started queuing outside her enclosure early in the morning in order to get into the panda’s birthday party

    The zoo said Yuan Zai is undergoing a state of ‘fake pregnancy’ – a normal phenomenon for female pandas around the age of four or five – therefore she didn’t have a good appetite today.

    She couldn’t finish both cakes, so staff gave one of them to Yuan Zai’s father, 13-year-old Tuan Tuan that also lives in the zoo.

    The zoo said they prepared two cakes for Yuan Zai because they wished that she would find an ideal partner. 

    Apparently, the Taipei Zoo is talking to authorities in mainland China to arrange mating for Yuan Zai at an suitable time.




    Yuan Zai’s mother, Yuan Yuan, licks Yuan Zai lovingly across a metal gate while being introduced to the pub for the first time

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      Yuan Zai was born on July 6, 2013, to father Tuan Tuan and mother Yuan Yuan. Her parents were given by the Chinese authorities to Taipei zoo as diplomatic gifts in 2008. 

      Yuan Zai weighed 183.4 grams (6.5 ounces) when she was born. 

      She opened her eyes at 41 days old, began to hear things at 74 days old and had her first tooth at 79 days old. She learned how to walk at 99 days old. 

      The cute panda shot to fame when she was introduced to her mother for the first time at 39 days old. 

      A heart-warming video showed Yuan Zai’s mother, Yuan Yuan, licking Yuan Zai lovingly across the metal gate of her enclosure while meeting the cub.

      What do you need to know about panda cubs?


      When panda are born, they’re hairless and pink. Their black-and-white coats only start to grow when they are about five months old

      Most panda cubs are born in the months of June, July and August.

      When it’s born, a baby panda is hairless and pink. It starts to have a black-and-white coat at around six months old.

      A panda cub typically weighs 100-200 grams (4-8 ounces) when it is born. At China’s Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre, when a panda is born overweight, special care will be given by the keepers.

      A baby panda is fed with breast milk from its mother. It starts to eat solid food, such as bamboo, when it reaches one year old.

      Cubs do not open their eyes until they are six to eight weeks of age and are not mobile until three months old. 

      Panda cubs were born with soft fingernails which will grow to be thick and hard claws when they grow up. At about five to seven months after birth, cubs are ready to climb trees.

      Source: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, People’s Daily, San Diego Zoo

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