The giant panda twins at the French zoo are called Huan Lili and Yuan Dudu


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Little pandas Huan Lili and Yuan Dudu appear during the baptism ceremony at Beauval Zoo in France on November 17, 2021.

Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zhang Jiaqi and French football star Kylian Mbappe on Thursday revealed the names of the newborn giant pandas at Beauval Zoo in central France.

More than 120,000 French netizens voted to choose Huan Lili and Yuan Dudu among five pairs of names for twin cubs, zoo officials said, adding that the two names represent the friendship between France and China as well as the wish for good health. to the little ones.

The twins were born to their mother Huan Huan and father Yuan Zai in August. The parents arrived in France in 2012.

“In about two months, another panda, one of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games mascots, Bing Dwen Dwen, will grab the world’s attention in my hometown of Beijing. I also look forward to meeting athletes from around the world in Paris in 2024. Zhang told reporters.

Mbappe said it was a memorable moment to participate in such an event with an Olympic champion. He felt proud and honored.

Yu Jinsong, charge d’affaires of the Chinese embassy in France, said Huan Huan and Yuan Zai have enlarged their family since their arrival, thanks to the joint efforts of Beauval Zoo and the Chinese research base in Chengdu on the breeding of giant pandas. They are symbols of Sino-French friendship.

In 2017, Huan Huan gave birth to twin cubs, the first baby pandas born in France. The first cub died shortly after birth and the second was named Yuan Meng.

The giant panda twins at the French zoo are called Huan Lili and Yuan Dudu

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Animal keepers are surrounded by officials as they arrive with newborn twin panda babies for a christening ceremony at Beauval Zoo in central France on November 18, 2021.

The giant panda twins at the French zoo are called Huan Lili and Yuan Dudu

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The giant panda twins at the French zoo are called Huan Lili and Yuan Dudu

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