Cheers of excitement greeted giant panda Yuan Yuan, a 19-year-old male, when he officially met visitors after being quarantined for a month at the Schönbrunn Zoo. Since 2003, the zoo has been one of 15 in the world to house giant pandas. Chinese-born pandas have "a certain diplomatic mission" to fulfill as a "symbol of friendship" between countries, as well as messengers of Chinese culture.


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