Giant panda feeds baby for first time

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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TAIPEI ZOO -- Giant panda cub Yuan Zai received her first breastfeeding from her mother since birth at the Taipei Zoo in Taiwan on Tuesday.

The cub was born on July 6 to Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan, a pair of giant pandas presented as a goodwill gift to Taiwan by the Chinese mainland in December 2008.

Caretakers first placed Yuan Zai into the delivery room carefully and then opened the bar door between the mother and the daughter panda.

Upon seeing her baby, Yuan Yuan could not wait to walk into the room and embraced the cub into her arms.

The baby panda did not know what to do at first and kept groaning. Yuan Yuan tried to calm the baby by licking her and holding her tightly. Finally, Yuan Zai found her mother's nipple and began sucking.

In order to take Yuan Zai out of the delivery room, caretakers fed the mother with honey to distract her attention from the baby.

The zoo staff has decided to put Yuan Zai in Yuan Yuan's care for some time each day.

Yuan Zai met her mother for the first time since her birth on Aug. 6