Now That You're 9

By Eric S. Page
|  Monday, May 24, 2010  |  Updated 5:41 PM PDT
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Now that You're 9

The zoo's newest cub turns 9 months old.
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Nine-month-old giant panda Yun-Zi was in a playful mood Monday morning at the San Diego Zoo.

The cub and his mother, Bai Yun, were both given lots of new toys, all donated by their online fan club, who are regular watchers of the Zoo's Panda-Cam. Zookeepers said the toys -- hard-plastic disks, donuts, balls and cylinders -- keep the pandas physically and mentally stimulated, which helps their growth and development.
         
"We had the opportunity to present Bai Yun, our mother, and Yun Zi, the cub, lots of toys that have been provided through the generosity of our online viewers and many, many, donors, to whom we are very grateful," said Karen Barnes, senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo.
        
There are currently five pandas living at the San Diego Zoo that are on loan from the Chineses government: Gao Gao, a 16-year-old wild-born male; Bai Yun, a 16-year-old captive-born female; and three of their offspring, Su Lin, born in 2005, Zhen Zhen, born in 2007, and Yun Zi, born in 2009. 

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