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The weekly soap opera of the 13 Hours focuses on sacred animals. An animal park in Belgium welcomed two new arrivals: two baby twins, from the giant pandas family.
For a year and a half, the two youngest of the giant pandas family have been among the darlings of the Pairi Daiza zoo, in Belgium. These twin babies are a huge hit with visitors. One of them, nicknamed Grandpa Panda, did not hesitate to move so as not to lose a crumb of the exploits of his protégés. “It is still an animal that is rare. To really see them in nature, you have to go as far as China. It is also, perhaps, the little teddy bear that we had in our childhood“, entrusts Jean-Pierre Degobert.
These two babies, a female and a male, are now one and a half years old. However, when they were born in August 2019, their life was hanging by a thread. A first baby of 160 grams was born, then, two hours later and under the moved and surprised eye of the caretakers, a second little one appeared. Twins are extremely rare in this endangered species. The tension of the caregivers, who will take turns with the babies 24 hours a day, will last for several months, because these two little lives remain very fragile.
In accordance with Chinese tradition, it was not until the 100 days mark, the most critical in the life of pandas, before giving them a name. In November 2019, the park officially named them Bao Di and Bao Mei in front of the press, the Chinese ambassador and two Belgian ministers. These furballs, on loan from China, play an important role in international relations with other countries. This is called “panda diplomacy”.