Panda Tai Shan celebrates 10th birthday

The U.S.-born giant panda Taishan turns 10.

A party was thrown for Taishan’s 10th birthday at a giant panda base in southwest China’s city of Dujiangyan.

He munched down a birthday cake made of apples and carrots while fans cheered “Happy Birthday!”

Taishan was born at the National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. in 2005.

His parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, were on a 10-year loan from China.

Taishan was returned to China in early 2010, and has since attracted more than 12,000 visitors.

Former Washington mayor Adrian Fenty called Taishan “Washington’s most important resident”.

Giant pandas are one of the world’s most endangered species.

Chinese government figures show, there were fewer than 1,900 giant pandas left in the wild and 375 in captivity by the end of 2013.

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