A baby panda has a loving reunion with her mother after being apart for a month. Yuan Zai is a baby panda that was born on July 6 at Taipei Zoo in Taiwan. She suffered an injury only a few days into her life, so had to be moved away from her mother to a special incubator and required constant monitoring and care.
After a month of care, she was taken back to her mother, Yuan Yuan.
Their caretakers made sure to slowly re-introduce the pair to one another and carefully monitored Yuan Yuan’s reaction to the cub. They put Yuan Zai in another room before they opened the doors to see what her mother would do.
They needn’t have worried as Yuan Yuan gently carried her cub in her mouth and back to her enclosure. They watched in anticipation as she cradled her baby trying to stop Yuan Zai’s crying.
She tries a few different positions, maybe a bit nervous at first, but her mothering instincts helped her find the perfect cuddle position.
Much to everyone’s delight Yuan Zai began nursing her baby and after a busy day feeding and getting to know one another again, mother and daughter are exhausted and take a nap together.
So as to not overtire Yuan Yuan or her infant they kept the two separate at night so they can properly rest. You can watch their heartwarming reunion in the video below. Since the video was shot, Yuan Zai has gone on to grow into a healthy young panda.