'What's black and white and celebrated all over?
The pandas at the San Diego Zoo, of course.
That was especially true yesterday as the youngest of the beloved fur balls, Zhen Zhen and Su Lin, were feted with tiered, honey-dripped ice cakes for their birthdays. Zhen Zhen turned 1 yesterday and Su Lin turned 3 on Saturday.
Don’t worry – despite the nearly identical birthdays, the two sisters didn’t have to share their cakes. Each had her own.
A good thing, too, since a panda birthday is rare indeed. There are only 1,600 pandas in the wild and just 12 pandas at zoos in the United States – one-third of those in San Diego. That means a lot of excitement can accompany the youngsters’ birthdays, which the zoo celebrates every year. Many people entering the zoo made a beeline for the panda habitat yesterday morning.
By the time the pandas had torn into their 3-foot-high cakes, a crowd snaked throughout the exhibit, laughing at the animals’ antics.
Still, it wasn’t easy for Zhen Zhen to enjoy her day. She had to compete with her mother, Bai Yun, who repeatedly swatted away the youngster as she tore into the bamboo and ice-encased yams and apples that decorated the cake.’