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Sister of Yuan Zai is One Month Old

“Sister of Yuan Zai” turned one-month old today. The skin around her ears, the area around her eyes, and the little vest around her shoulder-blades are beginning to change from pink to black. The question that many fans are now asking is: Is “sister of Yuan Zai” more like her plodding father “Tuan Tuan,” or her sensitive and delicate mother “Yuan Yuan”? Today we will find out more about “sister of Yuan Zai” to answer this question.

Neither “Yuan Zai” nor “sister of Yuan Zai” were successfully nursed by their mother “Yuan Yuan” right after birth. The newborn cub had a scratch after being picked up by her mother’s mouth. The support team resorted to hand-rearing to ensure that the newborn cub can nurse on her mother’s milk and receive treatment for her wound from the vet. The keepers now have the opportunity to act as the surrogate mother of a giant panda.

The “nursery team” is mainly responsible for nursing, burping and stimulating the cub’s bowel movements. A “golden mother’s touch” was required for every task. Although seven years have passed, old memories soon came flooding back and the keepers on the “nursery team” quickly got back in the stride of things. Someone jokingly asked after seeing a photo of “sister of Yuan Zai” whether or not the zoo was just recycling old photos of “Yuan Zai”? Keepers on the “nursery team,” however, observed distinct differences between the two sisters. “Yuan Zai” is quite robust and is always stiff as a board, while her bowel movements are being stimulated. In contrast, “Sister of Yuan Zai” is more flexible and can lean back more than 180 degrees during the same procedure. Although seven years separated their successful return to their mother’s embrace, the keepers discovered that both “Yuan Zai” and “sister of Yuan Zai” became more flexible when they were removed for check-ups. Perhaps being held by “Yuan Yuan” may hone every panda cub’s natural talent for gymnastics. Many fans probably still recall just how amazingly soft “Yuan Zai” was during the “Destruction of the Autumn Maple” incident from which she emerged without a scratch.

Everyone should be able to tell “Tuan Tuan” and “Yuan Yuan apart without a doubt thanks to the identification guide. Pop quiz: Is that “Yuan Zai” the big sister, or “sister of Yuan Zai” in the photo?