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Baby panda makes first public appearance in France

The first ever baby panda born in France has melted the hearts of onlookers in his first public appearance at a zoo south of Paris.

Yuan Meng, whose name means “the realisation of a wish” or “accomplishment of a dream”, was named in a ceremony in December.

A picture taken on January 12, 2018 at The Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France shows cub panda Yuan Meng playing with its mother Huan Huan inside its new enclosure. Female panda gave birth to twins on August 4, 2017, but one died soon afterwards. Nine-year-old Huan Huan and her male partner Yuan Zi arrived at Beauval zoo in January 2012 on a 10-year loan from China after intense, high-level negotiations between Paris and Beijing. Huan Huan (meaning 'happy') and Yuan Zi ('chubby'
A picture taken on January 12, 2018 at The Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France shows cub panda Yuan Meng playing with its mother Huan Huan inside its new enclosure. Female panda gave birth to twins on August 4, 2017, but one died soon afterwards. Nine-year-old Huan Huan and her male partner Yuan Zi arrived at Beauval zoo in January 2012 on a 10-year loan from China after intense, high-level negotiations between Paris and Beijing. Huan Huan (meaning 'happy') and Yuan Zi ('chubby'

His naming ceremony was an important diplomatic moment involving high-profile French and Chinese dignitaries.

Panda cub Yuan Meng explore its new enclosure during the cub's first public appearance on January 13, 2018 at The Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 12, 2018 at The Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France shows cub panda Yuan Meng playing with its mother Huan Huan inside its new enclosure. Female panda gave birth to twins on August 4, 2017, but one died soon afterwards. Nine-year-old Huan Huan and her male partner Yuan Zi arrived at Beauval zoo in January 2012 on a 10-year loan from China after intense, high-level negotiations between Paris and Beijing. Huan Huan (meaning 'happy') and Yuan Zi ('chubby'

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


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Yuan Meng’s parents are on loan to Beauval zoo from China, and he will be sent to a Chinese panda reserve when he is weaned in two or three years.

A picture taken on January 12, 2018 at The Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France shows cub panda Yuan Meng playing with its mother Huan Huan inside its new enclosure. Female panda gave birth to twins on August 4, 2017, but one died soon afterwards. Nine-year-old Huan Huan and her male partner Yuan Zi arrived at Beauval zoo in January 2012 on a 10-year loan from China after intense, high-level negotiations between Paris and Beijing. Huan Huan (meaning 'happy') and Yuan Zi ('chubby'
A picture taken on January 12, 2018 at The Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France shows cub panda Yuan Meng playing with its mother Huan Huan inside its new enclosure. Female panda gave birth to twins on August 4, 2017, but one died soon afterwards. Nine-year-old Huan Huan and her male partner Yuan Zi arrived at Beauval zoo in January 2012 on a 10-year loan from China after intense, high-level negotiations between Paris and Beijing. Huan Huan (meaning 'happy') and Yuan Zi ('chubby'

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

He spends most of his day climbing on top of his mother.

Sadly, Yuan Meng’s twin died after birth.

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