The Chiang Mai Zoo celebrated the 3rd birthday of panda Lin Ping about 3 months after the actual anniversary and Zhang Weicai, China's consul general in Chiang Mai, attended the celebration, bringing a four-layer iced cake topped with fruits for the animal on Monday.

Zhang praised Thailand and the zoo for taking care of Lin Ping and her parents, mother Lin Hui and father Chuang Chuang. The pandas are currently scheduled to return to China next year but Zhang said he would lobby Chinese officials to allow the pandas to remain in Thailand longer.