Adorable pictures show rare baby panda Tuan Tuan poking her tongue out and giving a wave as she goes from strength to strength in her first few weeks of life
Tuan Tuan is growing fast and has already doubled in weight
The rare baby cub is beginning to gain some of her black and white coat
The Taipei Zoo celebrated her birth after seven attempts at impregnating mother Yuan Yuan over the past three years
Yuan Yuan and another panda were given as a gift to the country of Taiwan from China
By Jaymi Mccann
It was a momentous occasion earlier this month when nine-year-old Giant Panda Yuan Yuan successfully gave birth to a baby girl cub named Tuan Tuan.
The panda was born at the Taipei Zoo after three years filled with seven failed pregnancies for the mother. Natural pregnancy among pandas is relatively rare.
Now a few weeks older, baby Tuan Tuan is growing fast and has doubled in weight.
The cub is still being cared for behind the scenes at the zoo, and visitors won’t get to see the baby until she is three-months old. To update Tuan Tuan’s admirers, the zoo released a new set of photos of the growing cub hamming it up for the camera.
Smiling for the camera: Newborn Giant Panda cub Tuan Tuan is growing fast behind the scenes at the Taipei Zoo
Hello world! Tuan Tuan was born completely pink, but now she is beginning to gain her black and white color
Counting the days: Zoo visitors won’t get to see the cub until she is three-months old
Miracle baby: Tuan Tuan is mother Yuan Yuan’s first cub after Zoo officials tried for three years to impregnate her through artificial insemination
Gift of life: Mother Yuan Yuan was a gift to the Taiwain government from China
Reunion: Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan together mean ‘reunion’
She’s staying: China has agreed to let the baby panda stay in Taiwan, though they previously stipulated that any cubs must be returned to the mainland