The Daily Treat: Baby Panda Meets Mom For the First Time

Yuan Yuan cradles her newborn cub, Yuan Zai, at the Taipei Zoo in Taiwain


updated 08/14/2013 AT 12:30 PM ET

originally published 08/15/2013 AT 10:30 AM ET

Talk about a happy homecoming! More than a month after her birth, panda cub Yuan Zai was reunited with her mother, Yuan Yuan, at Taiwan’s Taipei Zoo on Tuesday.

Upon birth, Yuan Zai had been slightly injured and required round-the-clock care in an incubator. After 39 days, zookeepers decided she was ready to meet Mom – and it looks like Mom agreed.

Yuan Yuan tenderly played with her baby girl, before later picking her up and breastfeeding her. The pair even fell asleep in each other’s company shortly after.

While zookeepers have yet to determine when Yuan Zai will be permanently reunited with Yuan Yuan, at least now she knows there’s nothing like a mother’s love.