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Panda Gives Birth in Taiwan

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In this photo released by the Taipei Zoo, a female giant panda named "Yuan Yuan" is seen giving birth to a female cub at the Taipei Zoo, in Taiwan, July 6, 2013.

In this photo released by the Taipei Zoo, a female giant panda named "Yuan Yuan" is seen giving birth to a female cub at the Taipei Zoo, in Taiwan, July 6, 2013.

Taipei officials say a giant panda, which China donated to Taiwan four years ago, has given birth to a cub.

Officials say nine-year-old Yuan Yuan delivered the tiny pink bear Saturday night, following artificial insemination given in March.

The island will be able to keep the cub, since its mother and her mate, Tuan Tuan, were gifts to mark warming ties between Taiwan and China.

Usually, giant pandas are only lent to other countries, and their offspring must be sent to China.

It is not yet known when the newborn panda will be on display, nor what it will be named.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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