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    Birthday Celebrations for Giant Pandas in Sichuan Province


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    A panda base in Southwest China's Sichuan province hosted a combined birthday for their much loved residents recently -- complete with birthday cards and birthday cake.

    Giant pandas at the Bifengxia Panda Base celebrated their first collective birthday in Southwest China's Sichuan Province.

    The panda base, run by Ya'an City's China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, hosted the event late last week.

    Hundreds of volunteers from neighboring cities and abroad visited Ya'an to celebrate the occasion. Trees at the panda base were decorated with heart shaped birthday cards. Ice cakes filled with bamboo, apples, carrots and bananas were made for each panda.

    U.S.-born giant pandas Hua Mei and Mei Sheng headed the celebrations. The two were relocated to the base after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake damaged a panda breeding center in nearby Wenchuan County.

    Celebrations also included Fu Long, an Austrian-born giant panda who has been at the base since late 2009.

    The base is also home to Tai Shan, who was born at a zoo in Washington, D.C.

    Two other U.S.-born pandas, Su Lin and Zhen Zhen, are from San Diego.