San Diego Panda Celebrates Birthday With Giant Fruit Cake

The San Diego Zoo’s youngest giant panda, Zhen Zhen, now 2, admires her fancy three-tiered birthday cake made of ice, carrots, bamboo and apples before enthusiastically devouring it, the zoo said in a caption submitted with this picture.

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Zhen Zhen celebrated her birthday yesterday in style–with cake and presents, the zoo added. “The gift boxes contained biscuits, specially made for pandas. Her sister, Su Lin, 4, celebrated her birthday today too, but her two-tiered larger cake had a big ‘4’ on top.”

Zhen Zhen, whose name means “precious,” is the fourth panda cub born at the San Diego Zoo. Su Lin, who turned 4 Sunday, is the third. Her name means “a little bit of something very cute.”

Photo taken August 3, 2009, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo

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