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Madrid Zoo names baby panda "Xing Bao"

12-07-2013 20:42 BJT

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By CCTV correspondent Rhiannon Jones

For decades, China has been sending giant pandas to foreign countries including Spain as a gesture of goodwill. In late August, the panda family at the Madrid Zoo embraced a new member. And now this little cub has finally got his name after an online public vote.

The baby panda at the Madrid Zoo has a name:"Xing Bao"

In line with Chinese tradition, the name was chosen by the public through a vote online.

The baby panda at the Madrid Zoo has a name:"Xing Bao."

"We want them to be part of the zoo family, to be part of our work and to enjoy with us every development of the baby," said Maria Delclaux, mammals curator of Madrid Aquarium Zoo.

The baby panda was, in part, named after his father Bing Xing - meaning Ice Star. Xing Bao means ’Star’s Treasure’ or ’Father’s Treasure’. And he’s certainly proving very precious to this zoo.

"They’re extraordinary animals. They’re also in danger of extinction and we don’t have them in my country," a resident said.

"They’ve always been my favourite animals since I was little," another resident said.

Xing Bao’s part of an International Conservation Project between China and Spain and he’s not the first panda to grow up in the Spanish capital.

The baby panda at the Madrid Zoo has a name:"Xing Bao."

"We had almost thirty years ago one male and in 2010 we had the twins, Po and De De. They returned to China this year. And now we have Xing Bao," Maria Delclaux said.

As you can see from these exclusive images, Xing Bao’s mother is still extremely protective of her baby. But at just three months, he’s already gained strength, he weighs a healthy 6 kilos and his teeth have started to grow. In another three he’ll be ready to feast on bamboo leaves.

Xing Bao was named 100 days after he was born, in keeping with Chinese tradition, in the hope that he’ll live to see 100 years more. But not here in Madrid, back in China where he belongs.



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