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Bolstered zoo breeds due soon for view

SHANGHAI'S two zoos are preparing to introduce new animal breeds before the 2010 World Expo opens in May. Some of the new animals, including four alpacas, will meet the public this week at the Shanghai Zoo.

Zoo officials said the alpacas are expected to receive a warm welcome. The animal is the model for the popular "grass mud horse," an Internet meme widely used by Netizens in China to vent their anger. In Chinese, the pronunciation for "grass mud horse" is same as a vulgar curse but with different tones.

"Some newborn animals will also meet local visitors, along with the newly introduced ones," said Pan Xiuwen, an official with the zoo.

Twin South China Tiger cubs, born on January 29, will meet the public on May 1 along with six tigers born in the second half of last year.

The twins, named "Shi Shi" and "Bo Bo," were the first tiger cubs born in the zoo this year. In Chinese, "Shibo" is the pronunciation for "World Expo." The cubs, both female, now look like two cats, officials said.

In addition, three brown bears, born in late December, are also waiting to meet visitors, officials said.

Meanwhile, Shanghai Wildlife Park is building six new exhibition areas for such newcomers as penguins. Some animals that have been staying in the park - such as sun bears, lesser pandas and squirrel monkeys - will also move to the new areas.

"Parts of the new areas will also receive the 10 Expo pandas, which are now staying at the Shanghai Zoo," said Fei Zhenxuan, deputy general manager of the park.

"We are considering allowing visitors to take pictures with some of the pandas."


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