Mexico's six month old panda cub, El Pandida, recently made its first public appearance since its birth on June 22 in Mexico City Zoo.
SV Panda cub playing with its mother in zoo as people watch. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Mexico's six month old panda cub, El Pandida, recently made its first public appearance since its birth on June 22 in Mexico City Zoo. Spectators watched as the cub, 10 centimetres (4 inches) long at birth, rolled about playfully with its mother, the Chinese born Yin Yin. The cub also has a healthy sister, Tohui, two years older. Yin Yin made history in July 1981 by giving birth in Mexico to the world's first naturally-conceived panda outside China. Unfortunately, the cub died eight days later. El Pandida's father, Pe Pe, was separated from the mother and cub soon after in case he turned violent, which occasionally happens with panda parents. Experts estimated that there are fewer than 300 giant pandas alive in the world - 250 in the wild and 30 in zoos in China, and the remainder in other zoos. The new cub was provisionally named El Pandida until its sex was determined. It is believed to be male.