Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Xi Lan Takes on the Great Outdoors

Spring is here, and rumor has it Xi Lan has sprung. Monday morning,
March 30, Zoo Atlanta’s giant panda cub rolled into his greatest adventure yet – tackling
the great outdoors.

The Zoo’s Animal Management Team decided last week
that the precocious cub, 7 months old today, was developmentally ready to
explore his outdoor habitat under the experienced eye of his mother Lun Lun.

The early morning scene recalled a similar event in spring 2007, when Xi Lan’s
older sister, the world-famous Mei Lan, toddled tentatively outside for the first
time. Giant panda fans are officially forewarned: Lun Lun’s and Yang Yang’s
firstborn, now 2, was dainty compared with her baby brother, in whose eyes even
the most mundane of items merit curiosity and investigation.

Xi Lan, Lun Lun, Mei Lan and papa bear Yang Yang can be seen daily at
Zoo Atlanta’s Arthur M. Blank Giant Panda Conservation Center. Live
streaming video is also available on PandaCam, Monday through Friday from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New images, videos and cub updates are posted regularly
on zooatlanta.org.

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