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Thursday, November 05, 2020, 17:59
Lucky children greet Fu Bao, the first panda born in South Korea
By Reuters
Thursday, November 05, 2020, 17:59 By Reuters

Panda cub Fu Bao, who was born 107 days ago in South Korea, is pictured during a ceremony to reveal her name at Everland Amusement and Animal Park in Yongin on Nov 4, 2020. (PHOTO / AFP)

SEOUL - The first panda to be born in South Korea was introduced to a group of lucky children and reporters on Wednesday and given a name - Fu Bao, meaning lucky treasure.

Fu Bao, born three months ago, appeared healthy and happy, if a little shy, as zookeepers presented her to the children, who were wearing panda T-shirts and masks, at her home at the Everland theme park.

“We love you Fu Bao,” the children shouted.

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Fu Bao’s parents, seven-year-old female Ai Bao and eight-year-old male Le Bao, arrived in 2016 from China’s Sichuan province, the home of giant pandas, as part of China’s “panda diplomacy”.

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Female pandas can only conceive once a year for a limited period, and cubs have very low chances of survival as they are often born prematurely, usually weighing less than 200 grams.

Fu Bao weighed 197 grams and was 16.5 cm long at birth but has grown fast and now weighs 5.8 kg and measures 58.5 cm, Everland said.


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