Panda waves as two cubs are introduced to the public at Belgian zoo

Hi there! Excited panda waves as two new cubs are introduced to the public at Belgian zoo… before trying to wriggle free from their keepers!

  • Male Bao Di and sister Bao Mei were seen today during their naming ceremony 
  • The newest panda residents of Pairi Daiza zoo in Belgium are three months old
  • When they were born, the twins were referred to as ‘pink naked sausages’
  • Panda cubs are furless and blind when they are born, making them vulnerable 

Three-month-old twin giant panda cubs have been photographed today waving to the public at their naming ceremony at a zoo in Belgium. 

As part of a Chinese tradition, panda cubs are only named after 100 days. 

The male cub has been named Bao Di and the female has been named Bao Mei, during a presentation at Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium. The names were chosen by the public in an online poll. 

Three month-old panda cub Bao Di, excitedly waves at the camera today during a naming ceremony at Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium

Three month-old twin panda cubs Bao Di, the male, pictured left, and Bao Mei, the female, pictured right, are held by carers at the zoo earlier today 

Bao Di, pictured left, and Bao Mei, pictured right, are three months old and can now walk three yards and their hearing is improving

The twins’ keeper Yang said after they were born: ‘In Chinese tradition it is bad luck to give a name to a panda before the end of the first 100 days after birth so we’re respecting the Chinese tradition and waiting until then to give them names. 

‘We are calling them Baby Boy and Baby Girl temporarily.’

The panda twins were born pink-coloured, hairless and tiny in early August this year. Their carers referred to them as ‘pink shrimps’ and ‘pink naked sausages’.   

Pandas don’t gain their distinctive black and white colouring until they are three weeks old. 

Today, the siblings have been photographed looking a lot more similar to their mum. 

Their mother, Hao Hao, was impregnated in April and the latest arrivals are the second and third cubs she has given birth to at the Belgian zoo.   

Hao Hao, the twins’ mother, was impregnated in April and the cubs are the second and third she’s birthed at the zoo (Pictured: Bao Di waving for the camera at Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium)

Giant panda bear cub ‘Bao Mei’ is shown during her naming presentation at Pairi Daiza Park in Brugelette, Belgium today. In the wild, the mother panda is usually only able to care for the strongest baby. Often, the weaker sibling will be abandoned 

The boy cub, Bao Di, can be seen looking at the camera during a presentation at the Belgian zoo. The zoo have been able to ensure that both cubs survive

The survival rates of infant pandas are low for a number of reasons. 

In the wild, mothers who have twins often abandon the weaker cub as she can only look after one at a time. Being born in a zoo, both pandas can be adequately cared for. 

Being born furless and blind, pandas require a great deal of attention from their mothers to survive. 

There are also occasions when the mother panda can accidentally crush her young. 

At three months old, Bao Di and Bao Mei can walk three feet and their hearing is improving.   

When they are born, pandas are furless and blind, meaning they require a lot of attention from their mother to survive. (Pictured: The twins wriggling out of the arms of their carers at Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium today)

China’s ambassador to Belgium Cao Zhongming, pictured centre, poses with three month-old twin panda cubs Bao Di, pictured left, and Bao Mei, pictured right

Two caretakers carry the panda cubs ‘Bao Mei’ and ‘Bao Di’ during a ceremony to reveal the names of the two baby pandas at the Pairi Daiza animal park, on November 14, 2019, in Brugelette




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