They became famous in a press release from the Beauval zoo and won the emblem of two stars for godfather and godmother: French footballer Kylian Mbappé and Chinese Olympic champion Zhang Jiaqi, gold medal in Tokyo in synchronized diving. Zoo Parc de Beauval’s panda twins, Huanlili and Yuandudu, celebrate their first birthday today.
Both babies grew up under the lenses of cameras and cameras, watched over by their mother Huan Huan and a team of dedicated caregivers. While they weighed less than 150 grams at birth, they will now weigh 30 kg.
A frozen cake
Four months after their birth, Huanlili and Yuandudu had sometimes for the first time met visitors who had come from afar for this event. Behind large bay windows, admiring visitors had been able to observe the assessed twins, take their first steps.
And this Tuesday, they could once again appreciate small, sometimes uncertain steps, which would give rise to a few “stunts”, to “somersaults”. Fans of the two pandas, invited to wear black and white clothes for the occasion, can also chat with the Delord family, owners of the park. According to the Beauval zoo, the twins will have the right from 9 a.m. to an iced birthday cake.
“Little Snow” and “Cotton Flower”.
The babies’ names are traditionally Chinese names chosen by the First Lady of China, Peng Liyuan. There, it was the French public who, for the first time, chose them through an Internet vote in which more than 122,000 people participated. A palette of ten Chinese names, selected by the Chinese Association of Zoological Parks, had been put to the vote. The Beauval teams had temporarily given the females the names “Little Snow” and “Cotton Flower”.
In December 2017, the first lady, Brigitte Macron, had baptized Yuan Meng, the big brother of the twins, born on August 4 of the same year in Beauval from a couple of pandas loaned by Beijing, Huan Huan and Yuan Zi. And China, which lent Yuan Zi and Huan Huan for ten years to France in 2012, uses its two-tone bears as a symbol of its diplomatic friendships.