Edinburgh Zoo's giant panda celebrates birthday

Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo have been celebrating the 15th birthday of it's male giant panda, Yang Guang.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 14th August 2018, 2:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th August 2018, 2:13 pm
Yang Guang is celebrating his 15th birthday
Yang Guang is celebrating his 15th birthday

Yang – whose name is the Chinese for ‘sunshine’ – and his mate Tian Tian – meaning ‘sweetie’ - came to the zoo in 2011 from China.

To celebrate his birthday, Yang’s keepers are treating him to an extra big bundle of bamboo – his favourite food – and this is not the first time Edinburgh’s keepers have pampered the panda.

As part of a bid to encourage Yang to exercise more in 2015, the team introduced a large football into the panda’s enclosure.

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Yang has since become something of a footie maestro and can often be spotted enjoying a kick about before refuelling with a large meal of bamboo.

They have quickly become one of the zoo’s star attractions, even being visited by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.