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Foreign Ministry promoting panda cub in three languages

Foreign Ministry promoting panda cub in three languages

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) Yuan Zai, the first giant panda born in Taiwan, has become the country's latest "spokesperson," with information on the animal broadcast worldwide in English, Japanese and French by the Foreign Ministry. A "Panda Panorama" section has been set up in Taiwan Today, the ministry's news portal, presenting about 100 pictures of the six-month-old cub's daily life. Readers might find it interesting to see how the panda is being anthropomorphized. For instance, under a picture captioned "Peekaboo," in which a sleepy Yuan Zai is seen covering its face, the story reads: "Life is one long headache for a baby panda. Yuan Zai had only just fallen asleep Aug. 11 when she had to wake up again and eat some more." The international promotion of Yuan Zai started last August, the ministry said, adding that it is stepping up efforts to push the animal in the wake of the cub's public debut two days ago. The cub was introduced to a full house at Taipei Zoo, with the occasion covered by numerous foreign media outlets such as the BBC, USA Today and Le Parisien. Ministry officials said the creature has become the highlight of the publication, which enjoys around 200,000 subscribers around the world. On its third day of display, however, the cub fell asleep just eight minutes after it was exposed to excited admirers, some of whom had lined up for hours before the zoo opened. Among them were two women from Taichung in central Taiwan, who were visiting the zoo for a second day in hope of seeing the animal awake. The previous day, they only saw it sleeping, which is what it spends most of its time doing. Over 11,000 people went to the zoo Tuesday, about 1,500 more than the cub's debut the previous day. (By Tang Pei-chun, Tai Ya-chen, Ku Chuan and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-03-01 12:24 GMT+08:00