The first panda cub to be born in France has made its public debut a few months after its birth.
Yuan Meng, which means “creating a dream come true” in Chinese, is usually the star attraction at Beauval zoo in central France.
Visitors travelled coming from all over the country to catch a first glimpse of the cub on Saturday.
Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president, named him in December.
The zoo’s veterinarian said the cub had been visiting his brand-new enclosure for a 10-day familiarisation process, yet This particular was once he had been shown to the public.
One visitor coming from the Paris region told the AFP news agency: “We felt we took part in a historic moment. We got up at 3:00 inside morning. My son absolutely wanted to see the cub.”
Reproduction between pandas is usually notoriously difficult as the female pandas are only fertile for a couple of days per year.
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Two pandas arrived at Beauval zoo in 2012, on loan coming from China for a reproduction programme. Yuan Ming was born via artificial insemination.
Pandas were declared an endangered animal inside 1980s, however their numbers have grown as a result of conservation efforts.
China has dispatched pandas to around a dozen countries, with the animal being perceived as a sign of close diplomatic relations.
Brigitte Macron, the panda’s “godmother”, said at the naming ceremony in which the cub was a symbol of the historic ties between France in addition to also China.