Brigitte Macron unveils name of France-born baby panda

Paris - By Pol O Gradaigh - Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, on Monday unveiled the official name of the baby giant panda born four months ago in a French zoo.

Brigitte Macron pulled aside a red veil on a sign to reveal the name Yuan Meng, written in Chinese and Latin characters.

The name, chosen by Chinese authorities, means "dream come true."
"Yuen Meng was born here, even though he is from elsewhere," Brigitte Macron said. "He is the energetic and vigorous fruit of Franco-Chinese friendship."
The male panda cub was on the scene in the Zooparc de Beauval too, in an open-topped, glass-sided pen.
Brigitte Macron made a move as if to pat him through the glass and he jumped at the barrier.
Yuan Meng was born to mother Yuan Yuan on August 4, along with a twin which died shortly after birth.
The cub now weighs 7.9 kilograms, compared to just 142.4 grams at birth, according to the zoo.
The pandas have been in France since 2012 as part of a research and breeding programme in cooperation with the Chengdu panda centre in China.
China, which retains ownership of all giant pandas loaned to zoos abroad, sent two specialist panda carers to look after the new arrival.

Sunday, December 10th 2017

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