Thursday 25 December 2014

Giant panda gets ice birthday cake

Published 30/07/2014 | 11:19

A male giant panda at San Diego Zoo has turned two years old
A male giant panda at San Diego Zoo has turned two years old

A giant panda who lives at the San Diego Zoo in the US has been given a birthday party as he turned two - complete with a giant cake.

The young panda, whose name Xiao Liwu means little gift, came out of his den to find a festive, four-foot ice cake, topped with a big number two and filled with apple, carrot and yam slices.

The birthday bear, called Mr Wu by his keepers and visitors, went directly to the two-tiered cake and began eating the fruit and veg layered on top.

He then patiently waited for the ice to melt so he could eat the fruit frozen into the tiers. He later climbed on top of the cake and chewed on bamboo stalks frozen inside the decorative elements.

His gifts were boxes filled with hay, alfalfa and pine shavings that were scented with cinnamon.

Xiao Liwu's cake was made by the zoo's nutritional services team and took weeks to complete.

It was made of water with added food colouring frozen into layers and bamboo stalks supported the tiers.

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