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Taiwanese singer dedicates song to panda cub
Central News Agency
2013-12-26 11:05 PM
Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) "Yuanzai, you're my life," Jody Chiang, dubbed the queen of Taiwanese-language music, sings in a song dedicated to Taipei Zoo's giant panda cub. Called "Inn-a" -- the Taiwanese pronunciation for Yuanzai's name -- the song is adapted from Chiang's similarly titled hit song "Gin-a" (literally meaning "baby child") about a mother's love for her child. Chiang's "new" song, announced by the Taipei City Government Thursday, is the animal-loving singer's gift to Yuanzai to mark the five-month-old's upcoming first "meeting" with the public, set for Jan. 6. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin has said he is grateful that the 11-time Golden Melody Award-winner is offering her panda-themed song royalty-free, as it will be included in a video depicting Yuanzai as she grows up. Earlier this month, Chiang, who is also the celebrity spokesperson for the zoo's preservation efforts, headed to Taipei Zoo with Hau to see Yuanzai face-to-furry-face. The city government released photos and videos from the "happy encounter" Thursday, including images of Chiang giving a high-five to the cub through the glass of her enclosure. Chiang said she was surprised by Yuanzai's activeness and eagerness to explore as the cub climbed tree trunks. Starting Jan. 6, 19,200 visitors will be allowed to see the cub per day, with groups of 400 being led through the viewing area every 10 minutes. (By Sabine Cheng and Maia Huang)
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