Taipei Zoo’s Baby Panda Is the Cutest, Happiest Baby Panda Ever (Photos)

I know that this teeny-tiny baby panda isn’t really smiling. I mean, not really. Except…it’s totally smiling in these photos shared by Asia’s largest zoo on the Taipei Zoo Facebook page.

Taipei Zoo, located in Taipei City in Taiwan, is a leader in conservation, education, and research. The cub’s parents, Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan, were gifts from China in 2006. She is the first such panda cub born outside mainland China that will be allowed to remain in its birthplace, reported Global News.

The female cub was born to giant panda Yuan Yuan on July 6. At birth, the cub weighed only 183.4 grams (about 6 and a half ounces) and was 15.5 cm (6.1 inches) in length. Nurses at the zoo nicknamed the cub “Yuanzai” because she looked like a yuan zai, a rice meatball. She’ll get her official name in a few months.

Enjoy these incredibly adorable photos of Yuanzai, below. You can also follow Yuanzai’s progress on Facebook and YouTube.

 

  • Meet the panda! 1 of 10
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    Click the arrows to scroll through 9 photos of the happiest baby panda on the block.

  • Well, hello there. 2 of 10
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    Yuanzai appears to be waving "hello" to its adoring global fan base.

    (Photo Credit: Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

  • So happy. 3 of 10
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    ZOMG. The cuteness. It burns.

    (Photo Credit: Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

  • Baby Panda Is a Youngling. 4 of 10
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    Tiny blanket or Jedi robe? You decide.

    (Photo Credit: Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

  • One drop at a time. 5 of 10
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    This bottle looks like it's too big for such a tiny cub.

    (Photo Credit: Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

  • Who’s a little meatball? 6 of 10
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    You are! You're a little rice meatball! 

    (Photo Credit: Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

  • Happy nappy. 7 of 10
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    Are you serious? Is she smiling in her sleep, even?

    (Photo Credit: Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

  • Baby Panda Is Emoticon. 8 of 10
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    Yuanzai is actually doing the :P face. Nice.

    (Photo Credit: Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

     

  • Sleepy baby. 9 of 10
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    My daughter has a Webkinz that looks just like this.

    (Photo Credit: Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

  • Look! I can hold my head up! 10 of 10
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    How can such a tiny baby be so expressive?

    (Photo Credit: Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

Need more baby panda cuteness? Check out the twin baby pandas just born at the Atlanta Zoo!

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