Wait for panda baby viewing
The female panda born on Saturday at Taipei Zoo will meet the public within the next six months, a zoo official said yesterday. The animal, the first offspring of Yuan Yuan (圓圓) and her mate Tuan Tuan (團團), is being kept in an incubator under the watchful eye of zoo workers. “The next week will be crucial,” said Chang Chih-hua (張志華), convener of the zoo’s giant panda breeding center, saying that baby pandas have a high death rate in the first week after birth. The rate is even worse for pandas born to first-time mothers, Chang said. Zoo personnel will watch for weight gain. The baby panda weighted 183.4g at birth, high for a newborn giant panda, which normally weigh between 120g and 150g at birth, Chang said. The zoo will let the public participate in the naming of the baby, Chang added. The baby panda, whose gender was determined yesterday, is the result of the third insemination effort. The zoo yesterday released a recording of the delivery, which showed the baby producing loud and clear cries at birth and the mother picking up the baby in her mouth and bringing it to her chest. However, the baby sustained a small wound to her right leg while she was struggling in her mother’s mouth, Chang said. Two panda conservation experts from Sichuan Province have arrived in Taipei to help care for the newborn.
Ma touts local soy sauce
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday touted the soy sauce industry as creative during a visit to Yunlin County organized to boost the confidence of the traditional industry sector. Ma and his entourage visited a soy sauce factory owned by the Ruei Chun Co in Hsilo Township (西螺), reviewing the automated facility and the production lines. Ma said the firm, established in 1921, has developed a new competitive edge. Amid concerns over Taiwan’s service trade liberalization and opening to China, Ma encouraged traditional businesses to strengthen their industrial structure and step up efforts to create additional value. He also instructed government agencies to adjust regulations for packaging, recycling and labeling as part of efforts to help the industry make better use of resources. Siluo is a cluster area for soy sauce producers and in order to revive the traditional industry, many companies have established tourism factories there to diversify their business.
Russia honors IOC’s Wu
Wu Ching-kuo (吳經國), Taiwan’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, was awarded the Order of Merit by Russia on Saturday in honor of his dedication to sport, according to a statement from Wu’s office. Wu received the award from Russian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy Vitaly Leontiyevich Mutko, along with the presidents of the Badminton World Federation, the International Weightlifting Federation, the Judo World Federation and the International University Sports Federation. Wu, 66, was elected in May last year to be a member of the 15-member IOC Executive Board, the first Taiwanese to be elected. He has been an IOC member since 1988. He is also president of the International Boxing Association. Wu is one of the contenders for the IOC presidency, which will be determined later this year.