Huffington Post has an article called How Yanni Got His Very Own Panda. It is a great read if you don’t know this story from before.
It goes like this:
Instrumental musician and composer Yanni has performed at some of the greatest sites in cities and countries all across the globe. He’s held concerts in places such as India’s sacred Taj Mahal, produced chart-topping albums and received praise from critics throughout his decades-long career. But there’s one big — and rare — honor that has particular meaning for the renowned pianist.
“One of the things that really touched me a lot was China giving me a panda,” Yanni tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” in the above video.
In 2011, the China Olympic mascot panda, Mao Mao, gave birth to a female giant panda cub at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Two months later, officials from the base allowed Yanni to symbolically adopt the cub, the first time a western artist had been given such an honor. He named his panda Santorini after the island in his native Greece.
Read it here.