Huffpost Green

Panda Gives Birth To Twins At China's Conservation And Research Center; First This Year

Posted: Updated:

BEIJING -- A giant panda has given birth to twins, the first pair of the endangered species born in the world this year, according to a wildlife center in southwest China.

The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan province said the panda named Haizi gave birth to the two cubs 10 minutes apart on Saturday.

Staffers at the center, which is part of the Wolong Nature Reserve, say one cub is a female and weighs 79.2 grams (2.79 ounces). Haizi has yet to release the other cub from her embrace.

Giant pandas have difficulty breeding, with females fertile for only two or three days a year.

Pandas number about 1,600 in the wild, where they are critically endangered due to poaching and development. More than 300 live in captivity, mostly in China's breeding programs.

Also on HuffPost:

Close
Panda Overload!
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Witness Panda Lunlun Giving Birth - YouTube

Caught on camera: The amazing moment a giant panda gives birth ...

Panda gives birth at National Zoo Pictures - CBS News

Giant Panda Facts - National Zoo

Giant panda gives birth in China - video | World news | guardian.co.uk

Giant panda gives birth to twins in China - video | Environment ...

Why is the birth rate so low for giant pandas?: Animal Planet

 
From Our Partners