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    Default Tickles, naps, and playing with mummy: The life of a baby panda

    Snoozing on a mat next to a stuffed toy that is nearly her size, this is the baby panda who has become a national darling in Thailand.
    The panda, who is now 35 days old, was born in Chiang Mai zoo in Thailand after her mother was artificially inseminated.
    She is so popular in Thailand that jealous zookeepers recently painted their elephants to look like pandas in a bizarre attempt to wrest the spotlight back on them.

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    The baby panda snoozes on a mat at the Chiang Mai zoo yesterday... next to a stuffed panda toy that is about the same size

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    The panda looks like she's being tickled by a vet carrying her at the zoo. She has not yet been named

    Chiang Mai's tourism hopes are now riding on the cub, who is healthy but being kept in a nursing room. She will go on public display this weekend.
    The baby panda is so popular that, sick of all the fuss, keepers at the Ayutthaya-Elephant Kraal decided to take drastic-action, painting five of their neglected giants in watercolour paint, then parading them before schoolchildren.
    The stunt brought attention back to the elephants, which are the national symbol of Thailand, briefly - but these new pictures of the baby panda may undo the effort.



    Enlarge Mother Lin Hui plays with her baby at the zoo yesterday

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    Long day: The cub takes another nap, this time on her tummy

    The public is still voting on a name for her from a shortlist of four: Kwan Thai ('a darling of the Thai people'), Lin Bing ('a forest of ice'), Tai Jin ('Thai Gold'), and Ying Ying (which in Chinese means 'prosperity', while in Thai 'ying' means 'girl').
    She will be officially named by August 12.
    The panda was born after six years of increasingly elaborate rituals to get the Chiang Mai zoo's two adult pandas to mate - including special diets, a mock wedding and even panda porn.
    They eventually resorted to artifical insemination - and did not even realise they had been successful until the mother panda, Lin Hui, showed signs of a stomach ache last month.
    Shortly after she gave birth to the tiny cub.


    Grin and bear it: Elephants painted as pandas are seen at the Royal
    Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya province earlier this month as
    zookeepers tried to bring attention back to Thailand's national symbol


    Welcome addition: The newborn cub as a tiny baby in May

    Panda births are difficult to predict and reports of false pregnancies are common.
    Pandas are threatened by loss of habitat, poaching and a low reproduction rate. Females in the wild normally have a cub once every two to three years.
    Only about 1,600 pandas live in the wild, mostly in China's southwestern Sichuan province.

    An additional 120 are in Chinese breeding facilities and zoos, and about 20 live in zoos outside China.

    Tickles, naps, and playing with mummy: The life of a baby panda | Mail Online

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    ......... Those Elephants!! WTF? Lol.
    That panda is adorable.

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    Ahahahahah at the panda-elephants! That's awesome!

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    Awwww, the baby panda has such a sweet face.
    Rock the fuck on!

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    Love the pic of the panda on it's tummy!

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    @ the elephants! That baby panda is so cute!
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