15/01/2018 07:07 SAST | Updated 15/01/2018 07:07 SAST

France's Playful Baby Panda Makes 1st Public Appearance

A video showed him endlessly crawling over his mother.

Benoit Tessier / Reuters

Paris - France's first baby panda has made his grand public entrance by acting like many five-month-olds - climbing all over his mother, who looked like she just wanted to rest instead.

Mostly hidden from view since his birth in August, the panda named Yuan Meng left his den on Saturday for his first public appearance. A video showed him endlessly crawling over his mother, who at one point gathered the black-and-white ball of fur to her side before he escaped again to climb over her.

French first lady Brigitte Macron, considered the panda's "godmother," in December announced the panda's name at a ceremony at Beauval Zoo, south of Paris, attended by Chinese officials. It means "the realisation of a wish" or "accomplishment of a dream."