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Popular giant panda Fu Bao to meet public on June 12 after return to China

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Popular giant panda Fu Bao to meet public on June 12 after return to China

2024-06-09 19:39 Last Updated At:22:37

Fu Bao, the first giant panda who was born in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and returned to China in early April, is expected to meet the public on June 12, according to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda.

After returning to southwest China's Sichuan Province, the hometown of pandas, Fu Bao began her new life at the Shenshuping giant panda base in Wolong National Nature Reserve. Following a month of inspection and quarantine, she has been residing in a breeding park at the base since May 5.

Born in July 2020, Fu Bao is the first cub of giant pandas Ai Bao and Le Bao, who were sent to the ROK from China in 2016 on a 15-year lease.

Fu Bao, meaning "lucky treasure" in English, quickly became an online sensation among netizens in the ROK after her birth, becoming a source of joy for people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Generally, giant panda cubs born overseas are returned to China between the ages of two and four to prevent inbreeding during their reproductive period, which occurs between four and six years of age.

After the beloved giant panda returned to China, some ROK travel agencies even introduced "panda tourism" packages, offering tourists the opportunity to visit Sichuan and see the pandas up close.

The Shenshuping giant panda base, where Fu Bao resides, covers an area of 150 hectares and is located at an altitude of 1,700 meters in the Giant Panda National Park.

With an ideal natural living environment surrounded by mountains and featuring a mild, humid climate, the base is home to over 70 giant pandas, including Xiao Qi Ji, another popular giant panda born in the United States.

Popular giant panda Fu Bao to meet public on June 12 after return to China

Popular giant panda Fu Bao to meet public on June 12 after return to China

Popular giant panda Fu Bao to meet public on June 12 after return to China

Popular giant panda Fu Bao to meet public on June 12 after return to China

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Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

2024-07-14 11:30 Last Updated At:12:07

The torrential rain that started to fall on Friday in central China's Hubei Province has left 754 reservoirs in the region exceeding flood storage capacities.

Due to increased discharge from the Three Gorges Reservoir and recent heavy rainfall, water levels in the Hubei section of the Yangtze River and in smaller rivers within the province are expected to rise in the coming days.

Multiple areas in Hubei, including Wuhan, Yichang, Jingmen, Xiaogan, and 11 other cities and prefectures, have also experienced heavy rainfall since Friday.

The heavy rainfall caused waterlogging in a low-lying residential area in Xiaogan City on Saturday, trapping several residents in their homes. Rescue personnel then used rescue boats to evacuate the flood-stranded residents to safety.

In Wuhan City, heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds caused multiple power line failures across the city. After nearly two hours of emergency repairs, power supply has been fully restored.

The heavy rainfall also caused the water level of Maojiahe Reservoir in Xingshan County, Yichang City, to rise rapidly. Considering the possibility of continued heavy rainfall, the reservoir started to discharge floodwater at 13:00 Saturday.

"We've quickly organized personnel to initiate emergency plans, notify every household, set up roadblocks on major transportation routes, and prohibit people and vehicles from entering the areas of flood discharge channels," said Cai Bishou, head of Pingshui Village, Gufu Town, Yichang City's Xingshan County.

Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

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