One-month Celebration for Zhen Zhen and Qiao Qiao, the First Boy-Girl Twin Pandas in Chengdu in 2011

2013-10-11

On September 4, the One-month Celebration for Zhen Zhen and Qiao Qiao, the First Boy-Girl Twin Pandas in Chengdu in 2011” was held in Sun Delivery Room of Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (the Base), by the Base, http://cd.qq.com/, and http://weibo.com/wechengdu.

At the celebration ceremony, Zhang Zhihe, the director and secretary of the Base made a speech on behalf of the organizer to express thanks to the public, particularly the netizens of Tencent for their participation, declaring the names Zhen Zhen and Qiao Qiao for the boy-girl twin pandas, and expressing that they would apply for international pedigree number from Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens with these names to handle the formal registration for the twin pandas. Later, Wei Kai, the chief editor of News Channel of http://cd.qq.com/, introduced the details on this activity from planning to operation to the leaders and distinguished guests attended the ceremony, and he highlighted the number of netizens participated in the activities and the outcome that exceeded the expectation.


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And then, Zhang Zhihe, the director of the Base presented the award to Tao Honglin, the winner of "Love for Chengdu, Love for Hometown— Give Name to the Panda Twin" jointly held by the Base, http://cd.qq.com/ and http://weibo.com/wechengdu. Tao Honglin explained his initial intention to participate in the activity and reasons for naming the panda twin as Zhen Zhen and Qiao Qiao to the guests.


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The breeder of Zhen Zhen and Qiao Qiao also declared on behalf of the Base the winners of “Caring Angle for Panda”—two pairs of twins, Huo Qiwen and Hu Qijie, and Ren Shihan and Liu Shiqi. The two pairs of twins handed the name card of Zhen Zhen and Qiao Qiao to the nursers in the name of “Caring Angle for Panda”, and took photos with the panda twin in the nursery. Finally, the family of the two pairs of twins also participated in the voluntary work in planting area of edible bamboo for giant panda, and the celebration ceremony finished successively.


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Related News:

On August 4, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding had a piece of good news that Qi Zhen, the 12-year old female panda had delivered a baby twin successfully, and this was the first boy-girl twin panda baby in Chengdu in 2011. In spring 2011, Qi Zhen fell in love at the climax of oestrous period, and completed natural mating. At 7:31am, her amniotic fluid broke; at 8:07am, she gave birth to one baby and at 10:26 to another. The examination showed that the first baby is a female, weighing about 152g; the second baby is a male, weighing about 122g. Both the sister and brother are in healthy condition. As we know, apart from the two newly-born babies, Qi Zhen has given birth to twin pandas for consecutive four times. As for Qi Zhen, she is almost a legendary giant panda. On September 4, 1999, “Qi Zhen” was given by her mother Mei Mei. As Mei Mei had no experience in being a mother, when Qi Zhen, her first kid was born, she was even scared by this red and hairless fellow. The tender skin on the chest of Qi Zhen was even torn by frightened Mei Mei. Fortunately, the experienced, brave and careful breeder saved the wounded Qi Zhen from the danger of being injured by Mei Mei. And they performed the operation on her in the shortest time. She received seven stitches to handle the wound for her serious condition. In order to memorize this “Seven Stitches” (sounding like “Qi Zhen” in Chinese), she was named as “Qi Zhen”.


As the first boy-girl twin panda baby born in Chengdu in 2011, in order to acquaint the people with rare and endangered wildlife, arouse the caring of the public for animals and propagate the way to harmonious relationship between man and nature, the Base joined with http://cd.qq.com/ while making use of the platform of http://weibo.com/ to accumulate the caring and wisdom of various netizens, and held the large public benefit activities “Love for Chengdu, Love for Hometowm— Give Name to the Panda Twin” and “Global Campaign on Twins as Caring Angles for Giant Panda”.Since the startup of the activities, the activities have aroused wide concern from the public and a large number of netizens wanted to participate in the activities to express their best wishes for the health and happy life of panda babies.


The Campaign was noted by more than two million netizens of http://weibo.com, had more than 12,000 participants, and obtained more than 3,000 nick names, such as “Rong Rong”,“Bao Bao”, “Cheng Cheng”, “Du Du”, “Wei Wei” and “Bo Bo”, all indicated their best wishes for the health and happy life of panda babies. According the relevant rules of the Campaign and the actual condition of weibo messages, altogether ten pairs of names including “Shu Qi” & “Shu Zhen” “Qi Long” & “Zhen Feng” and “Zhen Zhen” and “Qiao Qiao” topped the list. The netizens remained high in the phase of polling. In the six days from August 18 to August 23, about 3,000 netizens engaged in the voting. According the relevant rules of the Campaign and the actual condition of voting, and as approved by the Base, the names of the twin pandas were finally determined. The winning one group was: “Zhen Zhen” and “Qiao Qiao”.


At the same time, “Global Campaign on Twins as Caring Angles for Giant Panda” also attracted wide attention of the netizens. About 300 pairs of twins participated in the Campaign and more than 30,000 netizens engaged in the voting.

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