My Pandas

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183 viewsYang Guang, Edinburgh Zoo’s gorgeous male panda, celebrates his 10th birthday on 14th August. He was born in Mongolia and, in March 2011, in preparation for his journey to Scotland, he joined Tian Tian (Edinburgh’s female panda) at the Bifengxia Panda Base, near the town of Ya’An, a beautiful part of China surrounded by mountains, rivers, green plants and colourful flowers.
Last year, Yang was given all sorts of treats for his birthday, including bamboo boxes flavoured with his favourite honey and a cake in the shape of a panda’s head.

However, while he immediately tucked into the bamboo with great relish, (after all, a panda can never have enough bamboo!), Yang wasn’t particularly interested in his birthday cake, made from healthy panda-friendly ingredients, (perhaps what he really wanted was a chocolate one with icing and candles!), though I’m quite sure that he eventually demolished it later in the day.

I'm really looking forward to finding out what surprises Yang Guang’s keepers have in store for his tenth birthday when Yang, and not Tian Tian, will be the centre of attention for a change.
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Keep Fit Panda182 viewsAs Yang Guang was feeling a little out of shape, he decided to join a keep fit class. After only a few weeks, he can now do a very passable handstand which I hope will be good enough to impress Tian Tian!
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182 viewsWith Chelsea Flower Show celebrating its 100th anniversary this week, Yang Guang has been puzzling over humans' obsession with flowers. Like most pandas, he'd much rather have bamboo from Amsterdam than tulips!
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182 viewsAccording to Chinese tradition, giant pandas are named on their 100 day. And so, at a ceremony held today (1st December) at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to celebrate their panda cub’s first 100 days of life, it was announced that her name was Bao Bao!

Bao Bao, which means ‘treasure’ or ‘precious’ in English, was one of five Mandarin Chinese names offered for a public online vote in which more than 100,000 people took part. The incredibly cute baby panda, who is expected to remain in Washington for four years before going to live at Wolong, will make her public debut in January 2014. I can’t wait to see her!
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181 viewsIt’s not just the people of Britain who are celebrating Andy Murray’s epic display of resilience, perseverance and determination to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon crown for 77 years, it seems that several Americans are celebrating, too. One of Andy’s greatest admirers is John McEnroe, the often controversial tennis player who, during his career, won seven Grand Slam singles titles - three at Wimbledon and four at the US Open. He predicts that Andy will win at least four more Grand Slams.

Washington’s pandas, Tian Tian and Mei Xiang, who became Andy fans after watching him win the US Open last September, are saluting his wonderful achievement with a spectacular firework display and, as you’ll see, have even managed to persuade President Obama to fly the Union Jack instead of the Stars and Stripes over the White House in Andy's honour!
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181 viewsTraditionally, the first of May is the day we're supposed to rise at dawn to wash our faces in the May dew. This is because people used to believe that the dew had magical properties and so anyone who washed in it would have a beautiful complexion for the rest of the year! (Nowadays, most people simply use one of the myriads of potions on offer to keep their skin looking good or may even resort to the more drastic option of Botox!) However, this little panda, who's delighted to have been crowned Queen of the May, can have a long lie on this special day as she couldn't look any cuter or more beautiful if she tried!
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180 viewsAlthough Washington's pandas, Tian Tian and Mei Xiang, are, of course, Chinese citizens, they always like to join in the celebrations on the fourth of July, the anniversary of the day in 1776 when their adopted country, America, became independent from Great Britain. This year, Tian and Mei have secured a great position right in front of the White House to watch the parade as it makes its way along Constitution Avenue and then the spectacular fireworks display, the highlight of the day's celebrations.

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