Xiao Liwu celebrating his 2nd birthday at the San Diego Zoo in California, US, on July 29, 2014.

"Our birthday boy picked an especially warm day for his party, and who knows how long his ice cake will last, but it was a thing of beauty! The two-year-old panda’s party had a beach theme, so his exhibit was decorated with cardboard beach balls, jellyfish, and seahorses dangling here and there, cardboard gift boxes, and a pile of wood shavings to represent beach sand.

The birthday cake was topped with a large blue 2’, which didn’t stay upright for long, and an orange tiki torch' on each side. Mr. Wu seemed delighted with his surprise, climbing up on it to get every last bit of apple. When, most likely, his tongue and bottom got too cold, he retired to the log bridge to nap in the warm sun.

Our cake team spent several weeks preparing this special treat for Xiao Liwu. It was about 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall, weighed over 100 pounds (45 kilograms), and had layers supported by bamboo poles. It was so colorful, too! Bright blues and oranges. Knowing that apples are ‘Mr. Wu’s’ favorite snack, the team filled the cake with apple slices frozen in the ice blocks. Slices of carrots, yams, bamboo, and more apples were arranged in a depression on the top of the cake, which was drizzled with a yam paste ‘frosting’.

Happy birthday, Xiao Liwu, our Little Gift!

© San Diego Zoo



BIG NEWS!!!Ju Xiao gave birth to TRIPLETS at Panyu Chimelong Safari Park in China!Here is Ju Xiao with her 2010 cubbies.© Pandas International

BIG NEWS!!!

Ju Xiao gave birth to TRIPLETS at Panyu Chimelong Safari Park in China!
Here is Ju Xiao with her 2010 cubbies.

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Youhin and Yuhin at Adventure World in Wakayama, Japan, on July 23, 2014.© PatrickHarperCR

Youhin and Yuhin at Adventure World in Wakayama, Japan, on July 23, 2014.

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© Pandas Unlimited



Tai Shan at the Dujiangyan Panda Base in China on July 27, 2014.© Pandas International

Tai Shan at the Dujiangyan Panda Base in China on July 27, 2014.

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Yuan Zai celebrates her 1st birthday at the Taipei Zoo in Taiwan on July 6, 2014.
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Yuan Zai celebrates her 1st birthday at the Taipei Zoo in Taiwan on July 6, 2014.

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© Pandas International



Bao Bao at the National Zoo in Washington D.C., US, on July 26, 2014.© Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Bao Bao at the National Zoo in Washington D.C., US, on July 26, 2014.

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Mei Xiang with her cub Bao Bao at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. on July 19, 2014.
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Mei Xiang with her cub Bao Bao at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. on July 19, 2014.

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Gao Gao at the San Diego Zoo in California, US, on July 12, 2014.© Rita Petita

Gao Gao at the San Diego Zoo in California, US, on July 12, 2014.

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