- China welcomes its 1st twin panda cubs for 2016
- The twins are the first offspring of Yali, a 6-year-old giant panda, at the Chengdu panda breeding research base
- China’s 1st panda cub for 2016 was born in May
A panda breeding research based in China rejoiced as it welcomed its first pair of panda twins for 2016.
The two females, weighing 144 grams and 113 grams, are the first offspring of 6-year-old giant panda Yali, who gave birth at the Chengdu giant panda breeding research based in southwest China’s Sichuan province on June 20, as per an article published by Reuters.
“The twins are quite healthy, their voices are quite clear, relatively speaking their fur and physical traits are all quite healthy,” said one of their feeders, Tang Juwen.
The unnamed twins are being kept in an incubator and taken out periodically to be fed.
The first single panda cub born this year was also born at the giant panda breeding center in Chengdu in May, to 9-year-old panda Aibang.
When a panda cub is first born it is pink, blind and toothless, and weighing only between 90 to 130 grams. A month after birth, the color pattern of the cub’s fur will be fully developed.
At around 70 to 80 days it will begin to crawl and play with its mother, or in these conditions, with other pandas.
Giant panda cubs are extremely rare as female pandas are only ripe for mating for around 2 to 3 days a year. Once pregnant, the female panda will be in gestation period for 95 to 160 days.
More problems occur when pandas are in captivity, as male pandas have been known to lose their libido; forcing scientists to try extreme methods including artificial insemination, giving male pandas Viagra and showing them videos of other pandas mating, as per an article by Daily Mail.
While pandas struggle to reproduce in captivity, better knowledge of their needs has seen an increase in births in recent years with seven born at the Chengdu base in 2015.