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Newborn panda in good health: Taipei Zoo

2013/07/08 17:07:30

The panda cub is being fed. (Photo courtesy of Taipei Zoo)

Taipei, July 8 (CNA) A panda born at the Taipei Zoo on July 6 is being fed regularly and is energetic, the zoo said Monday in its daily update on the panda cub's condition.

The cub, which is being kept in an incubator, was fed 1 milliliter to 6.6 ml of milk by zookeepers six times on Sunday and three times on Monday as of noon, using milk nursed from the cub's mother Yuan Yuan and 60 ml of panda milk brought from China in 2011.

The newborn cub cries loudly whenever she is hungry or needs to poop, a sign that she is in good health, the zoo said.

Zoo personnel are working around the clock to take care of the baby panda, which they said is especially fragile during its first week of life.

The team is also trying to calm the nerves of the new mother, which has shown stress in the days since the cub was taken from her and put in an incubator, eating little more than bamboo leaves and honey water.

It gave Yuan Yuan a stuffed animal dressed with the cub's poop to relieve the mother's angst, but to no avail because Yuan Yuan quickly discovered the ploy after hugging the fake cub.

Yuan Yuan and her mate, Tuan Tuan, were gifted to Taiwan by China in late 2008 as a cross-Taiwan Strait gesture of good will.

The cub is the first one born to the two giant pandas.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Eve Lee)