Sunday 22 July 2018

Chinese panda 'photobombs' Melania Trump during Beijing Zoo visit

U.S. first lady Melania Trump poses for photos with Chinese children holding flags and the bald eagle dolls near the panda enclosure at a zoo in Beijing, China, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. . (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump poses for photos with Chinese children holding flags and the bald eagle dolls near the panda enclosure at a zoo in Beijing, China, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. . (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, in Beijing November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, in Beijing November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Mark Molloy

Beijing Zoo’s world famous giant pandas refused to be upstaged when Melania Trump came to visit, with one cheekily ‘photobombing’ the First Lady.

The 47-year-old former model met giant panda Gu Gu on her trip and got to learn about his nutrition and training.

She was greeted by a group of school children who waved Chinese and American flags while singing a Chinese folk song at the panda enclosure.

The pandas seemed to appreciate the song, with one of the animals appearing in the background as Melania posed for a photo with the children.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, in Beijing November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, in Beijing November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

She also signed a panda print during the visit, writing: “Thank you to the Beijing Zoo! Wonderful to meet Gu Gu! Melania Trump.”

The zoo’s director Li Xiaoguang told AFP that Gu Gu, born in 1999, is a “goodwill ambassador of the zoo” and a “good-looking panda with a robust memory”.

Melania was later taken on a tour of the Great Wall of China, where she spent around 30 minutes hiking a section of the famous fortification.

“This is beautiful. This is amazing,” she said of her visit.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, in Beijing November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, in Beijing November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Meanwhile, Donald Trump headed to a summit in Vietnam after his state visit to China as part of his five-nation tour of Asia.

He tweeted: “I am leaving China for #APEC2017 in Vietnam. @FLOTUS Melania is staying behind to see the zoo, and of course, the Great WALL of China before going to Alaska to greet our AMAZING troops.”

Earlier in his trip, the US president’s unorthodox fish-feeding technique was a talking point on social media. 

Telegraph.co.uk

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