The public will have to wait three months to catch a glimpse of the first panda born in Taiwan, officials said today, a day after she was successfully delivered by parents who were gifted from China.
The female cub was delivered Saturday night following a series of artificial insemination sessions after her parents, known locally as Tuan Tuan and his partner Yuan Yuan, failed to conceive naturally.
The pair were given to Taiwan by China in December 2008 and have become both star attractions at Taipei Zoo as well as a symbol of the fast improving ties between Taiwan and its former bitter rival China.
Taipei Zoo expects the cub, which has yet been named, to set off another wave of panda mania on the island.
With the aid of Chinese experts, zookeepers arranged a series artificial insemination sessions for Yuan Yuan following a botched natural pregnancy in 2010.
But the public will have to wait some months before they can see the zoo’s latest addition.