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    Default Meet baby panda Fu Long - Austria's newest star attraction

    For 18 hours a day he sleeps. The rest of the time he does nothing much.

    But yesterday, more than five months after he was born, Fu Long the giant panda finally decided to meet his public.

    The 16lb bundle of black-and-white fluff emerged gingerly from the nesting box where he was born at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo - to the delight of crowds who had been anticipating this moment since August. Scroll down for more...
    Lessons in the limelight: Fu Long with his mum

    After a few nervous steps beside his mother Yang Yang, he began to explore the enclosure and even climbed a log before taking a minor tumble and stopping for a snooze.

    Fu Long was conceived naturally by Yang Yang and her mate Long Hui, who have been on loan from China to the zoo since 2003.
    He is the first of the endangered species to be born in Europe since one arrived in Madrid in 1982.

    Giant pandas are notoriously reluctant to breed in captivity and it is extremely rare for one to be born without artificial insemination. Scroll down for more...
    Look at me! Fu gazes up at the crowds

    Currently there are only seven at European zoos - five in Vienna and two in the Spanish capital.

    Historically, giant pandas were handed over by China as gifts to heads of state around the world.
    But now the Beijing government has stricter controls and in recent years it has been reluctant to loan them to countries such as Britain where they have never bred in captivity. Scroll down for more...
    Snooze time: Fu takes a well-deserved nap

    In December, a naming ceremony for Fu Long, which means Lucky Dragon, was held at Schoenbrunn Zoo.
    It was attended by a Chinese delegation and Austria's foreign minister, Ursula Plassnik - but the guest of honour could not be persuaded to appear.
    When 2008 rolled around and there was still no sign of him, the zoo had to issue a statement assuring an anxious public that he was "completely healthy" and all was well.

    Meet baby panda Fu Long - Austria's newest star attraction | the Daily Mail

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    so f-ing cute

    i love pandas

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    For the love of all the is cute and fuzzy!! I want to squeeze this widdle thing as hard as I can!! I just love a panda!

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    So cute when napping!

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    Oh my gosh - so adorable! I love pandas - and the babies? *squeals*

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    I love him! I want to go and see him!

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    Cuteness overload!

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