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Giant Panda Update Feb 7, 2013

Seven days and counting. . .

If you're a panda fan or if you know a panda fan—we have the perfect Valentine's Day gift for you! Send a giant panda Critter Cupid — complete with a special video featuring Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and one of our panda keepers! In the video, Juan tells the story of Mei and Tian, their version of "love notes," and he talks about how we care for the bears. Each e-valentine comes with a beautiful photo of Mei and Tian, and a personalized note from you.

Certainly more unique than a box of chocolates or flowers — tell someone special how in love you are, with Mei Xiang and Tian Tian's help! All proceeds from each $10 Critter Cupid support the Zoo! Happy Valentine's Day!

Please note giant panda Critter Cupids are recommended for adults, as breeding is discussed in the video message. Other species, including California sea lion and Asian small-clawed otter Critter Cupids are available to send to children, family or friends.