Xi Lan celebrated his third birthday on August 30, 2011 at Zoo Atlanta. Here is a report about his birthday:
Xi Lan had a really fun birthday yesterday! He loved all of the enrichment items we made for him. He shredded his paper mache and bamboo “rattle” immediately to retrieve the biscuits hidden inside. Then he ate some of the bamboo that made the rattle’s handle. Since eating is much more important than playing for a panda, Xi Lan climbed up into the structure and ripped open the large paper bag filled with hay and biscuits. After another bamboo snack, he was ready to play. He rolled all over the room with his ice cake, rubbing himself all over it, especially the Tabasco-scented tier. I guess he got some Tabasco on his fur because he continued the self-anointing behavior even when he was on the other side of the room from the ice cake. Finally, he ate the bamboo candles on top of the cake. After all that activity he was wiped out and took a long nap. However, he must have started the party up again long after I had gone for the day because he slept in late this morning and his dayroom was a wreck!
Heather Baker Roberts, Carnivore Keeper II
Source: Zoo Atlanta www.zooatlanta.org