Big pandas twins rejoice third birthday in Belgium-Xinhua

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A baby colours a large panda doll throughout a celebration exercise of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

BRUSSELS, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) — A birthday ceremony was held on Saturday for Bao Di and Bao Mei, the panda twins born in 2019 in Belgium, a privately owned zoo and botanical backyard situated in Brugelette, Hainaut province in Belgium.

The panda twins celebrated their third birthday by consuming a “cake” in entrance of the amused crowds.

On the ceremony hosted by the Chinese language Embassy in Belgium and the zoo, Ambassador Cao Zhongming thanked the founding father of Pairi Daiza Eric Domb and the entire employees for his or her arduous work caring for the 5 big pandas within the zoo.

“Bao Di and Bao Mei have change into sturdy and tall, playful and energetic, and so they have introduced pleasure and reminiscences to Belgian audiences, particularly youngsters,” he mentioned.

“Kids right here can change into little ambassadors for China-Belgium relations and make their very own contributions once they develop as much as the event of pleasant cooperation between each international locations,” he famous.

Round 100 company and guests attended the occasion. Within the afternoon, youngsters took half in artistic workshops the place they painted on handmade panda collectible figurines and discovered about conventional Chinese language calligraphy.

Bao Mei and Bao Di’s mother and father, Xing Hui and Hao Hao, arrived in Belgium in 2014 on mortgage from China. Based on Tommy Leclercq, governor of the province of Hainaut, their arrival has sparked “wonders” from guests. And Pairi Daiza has change into over time a treasured vacation spot, not just for Belgians, however for thus many others.

Bao Mei and Bao Di had been born on Aug. 8, 2019, attracting 1000’s of holiday makers coming to the zoo every single day. This reputation is helped by the very fact the twins are female and male, which is uncommon as litters are usually completely male or feminine.

The conference that governs the presence of pandas in Belgium gives that every one the couple’s youngsters should be despatched again to China on the age of 4 so as to higher safeguard the species of big pandas.

Tian Bao, the very first big panda born to Xing Hui and Hao Hao in 2016, nonetheless stays within the zoo in accordance with an settlement reached earlier this 12 months between the zoo and the China Wildlife Conservation Affiliation (CWCA), permitting the enormous panda to remain within the zoo in 2022.

The method of returning Tian Bao to China has been delayed by the COVID-19 restrictions. Pairi Daiza has thus change into one of many uncommon animal zoos exterior of China that has 5 big pandas on the similar time.

Big panda twins “Bao Di” (L) and “Bao Mei” have birthday meal on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Big panda twins “Bao Di” (R) and “Bao Mei” have birthday meal on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Big panda twins “Bao Di” (backside) and “Bao Mei” stroll in the direction of their birthday meal on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Big panda twins “Bao Di” (L) and “Bao Mei” have birthday meal on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Kids colour the enormous panda dolls throughout a celebration exercise of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Big panda twins “Bao Di” (L) and “Bao Mei” have birthday meal on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Big panda twins “Bao Di” (L) and “Bao Mei” have birthday meal on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Big panda twins “Bao Di” (L) and “Bao Mei” have birthday meal on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Guests watch big panda twins “Bao Di” (L) and “Bao Mei” having birthday meal on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Big panda “Bao Mei” has birthday meal on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Big panda “Bao Di” has birthday meal on the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, Aug. 6, 2022. The celebration of the third birthday of the panda twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born on Aug. 8, 2019 to Hao Hao and Xing Hui, was held on the Pairi Daiza zoo on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

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