France’s first baby panda has been named Yuan Meng (‘accomplishment of a dream’) at a ceremony attended by Chinese dignitaries and the French first lady, Brigitte Macron. The ceremony at Beauval zoo, south of Paris, was considered a diplomatic event, but the four-month-old male cub decided otherwise, making a growling sound and jumping towards Macron when she put her hand over a glass wall to pet the animal.
The baby panda’s mother, Huan Huan, was artificially inseminated from partner Yuan Zi this spring. Both are at the zoo on a 10-year loan from China, and their offspring officially belong to the Chinese government. The cub will be sent to a Chinese panda reserve when it is weaned