Panda Cub, Mother Reunited at Taiwan Zoo

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Taiwan's first newborn panda was reunited on Tuesday with its mother for the first time.
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Taiwan's first newborn panda was reunited on Tuesday with its mother for the first time since it was taken away after birth, in a heartwarming reunion that saw the giant panda licking and cuddling her baby inside a cage.

Zookeepers in Taipei had to separate tiny Yuan Zai from its mother, Yuan Yuan, last month, to be raised in an incubator as the cub needed care and round-the-clock monitoring after it was slightly injured while being bred a few days after birth.

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The female cub was put inside Yuan Yuan's enclosure on Tuesday where the mother gently picked her up, embraced and breastfed her in an heartwarming scene that immediately made waves in the local and international media.

The mother and daughter later fell asleep together following the reunion that lasted several hours.