South Korea Celebrates 100 Days Since The Birth Of The First Giant Panda Cub In The Country

Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea, celebrates 100 days since the birth of their first giant panda cub, Fu Bao, on November 4, 2020.

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November 6, 2020

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On November 4, 2020, the citizens of South Korea celebrated the mark of a hundred days since a giant panda cub took birth in their land. The baby panda, who they named Fu Bao, meaning lucky treasure, was the first-ever panda to have ever taken birth in the nation. Fu Bao was born to Ai Bao and Le Bao, two pandas loaned to South Korea by China in 2016.

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Ai Bao, the mother, and Le bao, the father were brought to South Korea in 2016 from China’s Sichuan province on a 15-year loan in 2016 as agreed upon at a summit in 2014 held in Seoul. Her parents are the first pandas to set foot in South Korea since 1994. Fu Bao will reportedly return to China in 3-4 years, since the agreement, otherwise known as the ‘Panda Diplomacy’  also states that the panda cubs which are born abroad must be returned for scientific research and reproduction purposes.

Ai Bao and Le Bao are the only pandas in South Korea. They have reportedly gotten around 10 million visitors to the amusement park.

Fu Bao was conceived and born at the Everland Amusement Park in Yongin, South Korea which is run by the Samsung group.  Le Bao was 9 years old when she conceived her. Reportedly, Fu Bao was 197 grams and 16.5 cms at birth and has grown to be 5.8 kgs and 58.5 cms

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Fu Bao was christened at a celebratory ceremony that the park held once she marked a hundred days since birth. ‘Fu Bao’ was a name chosen, after a poll that was conducted with about 50,000 participants. The ceremony was attended only by a few fortunate students and news reporters.

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