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What's black-and-white and cute all over? Yanni's new pet

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The Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base invited Yanni to adopt a female baby panda.

It's the first time a Western artist has been honored in such a way. Usually adopting a panda is reserved for countries rather than individuals.

Officials from the panda center said they chose Yanni because of the inspiration and harmony his music brings.

Yanni named the panda "Santorini," after a Greek island.

"Santorini includes the word 'irini', which in Greece, in Greek language, means 'peace'," Yanni said.

Santorini's mother is Mao Mao. Mao Mao served as a model for one of the five mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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