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France welcomes first born baby panda

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(NBC) - The first baby panda to be born in France made its first public appearance today at a zoo south of Paris.

The four-month-old cub is named Yuan Meng, which means "the realization of a wish" or "accomplishment of a dream."

Here he is exploring his enclosure and playing with his mom.

The cub's parents are on loan to the zoo from China.

The cub will be sent to a Chinese panda reserve in two or three years.

Panda births are closely watched because they remain rare - there are only about 18-hundred pandas in the wild in China and approximately 400 in captivity.

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