The second Taiwanese-born panda cube debuts in the media

A second Taiwanese-born giant panda debuted in the media on Monday, climbing over a wooden climbing frame and playing with sawdust to the sound of clicking cameras.

The baby was born on June 28 to Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, given by China in 2008 to mark the then heated relationship between the two rivals.

China usually only lends its pandas to foreign zoos, but gave the breeding pair – whose name together means “reunion” or “unity”.

China considers Taiwan part of its territory and has promised to one day bring the self-governing democratic island back this week, by force if necessary.

Yuan Bao, which means “round baby” in Chinese, was presented to about 150 journalists and invited guests along with his mother to the Taipei Zoo.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said the kid had “grown well”.

She now weighs over 13 kilos (30 pounds), up from 186 grams (6.5 ounces) at birth.

Taiwan’s zoo has seen a flood of births this year, including a gorilla, koala, Malaysian tapir and pangolin.

Yuan Yuan gave birth to daughter Yuan Zai in 2013 – the first giant panda born in Taiwan. The family has been the biggest attraction in the zoo.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, just over 1,800 are believed to remain in the wild.

(AFP)