Chinese officials have agreed to allow Tai Shan, the U.S. National Zoo's popular panda cub, to stay at the park in Washington for two more years.
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong Tuesday said the giant panda cub will stay as an envoy of goodwill from the Chinese people and as a symbol of friendly cooperation between China and the United States.
Tai Shan, who was just the size of a stick of butter at birth, now weighs 56 kilograms.
During the announcement of his stay, he took bites of a celebratory cake made of his favorite orange popsicle and chopped fruit.
Since his public debut in December 2005, more than two million people have visited the National Zoo to see the cub.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.