- Title: Giant pandas at Dutch zoo celebrate fourth birthday
- Date: 8th August 2017
- Summary: RHENEN, THE NETHERLANDS (AUGUST 8, 2017) (REUTERS) ZOOKEEPER PUTTING HONEY ON CAKE HONEY DRIPPING ON CAKE / CANDLES ON CAKE MALE GIANT PANDA XING YA MOVING TOWARDS CAKE AS PEOPLE WATCH FROM PAGODA PEOPLE WATCHING XING YA SNIFFING CAKE XING YA EATING APPLE PIECES OFF CAKE (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANIMAL PARK BIOLOGIST JOSE KOK SAYING: "We have a big cake consisting of three layers, the lower one is the red one and it has beetroot syrup in it, the second one has apples, slices of carrots, and the top one too, and in between you can see small sticks, that are bamboo sticks of course, and then on top we have four candles, and I just saw that he ate one of them." PEOPLE WATCHING VARIOUS OF XING YA TOPPLING CAKE TO GET TO BAMBOO STICKS IN MIDDLE
- Embargoed: 22nd August 2017 12:03
- Keywords: Giant pandas Xing Ya Wu Wen Netherlands Rhenen Ouwehands Zoo birthday cake
- Location: RHENEN, THE NETHERLANDS
- City: RHENEN, THE NETHERLANDS
- Country: Netherlands
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TAR2OP
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:The Ouwehands Zoo in the central Dutch town of Rhenen celebrated the fourth birthdays of their two giant pandas on Tuesday (August 8), treating them to a three-layered cake of panda goodies.
Male Xing Ya and female Wu Wen were born on August 5 and August 11 respectively, so the zoo decided to bring the date to August 8, the luckiest number in Chinese tradition.
Both pandas arrived in the Netherlands from China in April after 16 years of hard lobbying by Dutch animal lovers and were brought to the zoo where dozens of Chinese companies contributed to the building of their new enclosure, "Pandasia".
Rare, picky in their diet, and reluctant lovers, pandas are in demand from zoos all over the world, and the ceremonial bestowing of a loan panda on favoured countries has become a hallmark of Chinese cultural diplomacy.
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