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Taiwan panda cub in good condition despite injury: zoo


19:30, July 08, 2013

TAIPEI, July 8 (Xinhua) -- The first cub born to a pair of pandas presented to Taiwan by the Chinese mainland has sustained a slight leg injury but is in good condition, according to the Taipei Zoo.

The female cub was accidentally injured by her mother when the adult panda tried to grasp and lick the baby's leg with her mouth, zoo staff said Monday.

The cub was born Saturday evening to female panda Yuan Yuan and male Tuan Tuan. Yuan Yuan was fertilized via artificial insemination.

The cub is currently in an incubator and has been fed with panda milk from both the mainland and from Yuan Yuan, the zoo said.

The zoo said the cub is being cared for around-the-clock during the first week of its life.

The newborn will stay in the incubator for one month and subsequently be put in the care of her mother if they are found to be interacting suitably, the zoo said.

The zoo said Yuan Yuan has been devoting herself to raising her cub, doing little other than eating and watching after the infant.

The zoo plans to take suggestions from the public for the newborn panda's name.

The mainland's Taiwan affairs authority said the newborn panda will be kept in Taiwan.

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