Bai Yun snack time

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Bai Yun, was born in September 1991 in a facility in Wolong, China, and was raised by her mother, Dong Dong. Her weight ranges from 198 to 220 pounds (90 to 100 kilograms).

Bai Yun has proven to be a wonderful ambassador for her species, helping us learn about panda behavior, pregnancy and birth, and maternal care. She's the mother of Hua Mei, the first surviving giant panda born in the US. Hua Mei joined the breeding population in China in 2004 and is a mother of nine cubs, including three sets of twins. Bai Yun has been a successful mother of five more cubs in the meantime: three males and two females. Mei Sheng was born in 2003, Su Lin in 2005, Zhen Zhen in 2007, Yun Zi in 2009, and Xiao Liwu, born in 2012.

Keepers and observers all describe Bai Yun as curious, unpredictable, and mischievous. She sometimes tries to get her keepers to play with her. Bai Yun spends a lot of time checking out the toys she's given to play with: things like large Boomer Balls with apples or carrots inside, a burlap sack stuffed with hay, and fruit-cicles (tubs of apple slices frozen in water). She also seems to enjoy anything scented with cloves, pine, or Polo cologne.

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