The zoo kicked off giant panda Yun Zi's birthday week with a special two-tiered cake made of ice and topped with “panda cupcakes” made from yams and ground herbivore biscuits. Yun Zi’s name was spelled out in bamboo leaves on the second tier of the ice cake.
Panda Cub Celebrates 2nd Birthday
Yun Zi officially turns three years old on Sunday and zoo staffers have an eventful week of special birthday activities planned for the lucky panda.
Yun Zi was born in 2009 and is at the San Diego Zoo on a research loan from China.
Panda Bai Yun Gives Birth
San Diego Zoo's long time panda, Bai Yun, gave birth to her 6th cub on Sunday. NBC 7's Diana Guevara with a first look at the panda's birth. (Published Monday, July 30, 2012)
In three years, the panda has grown to weigh 180-pounds, according to zoo officials.