Archive for September, 2006

New Giant Pandas Born in China and US

September 19th, 2006

My dad just showed me news articles about new Giant Panda babies being born in China and the US. I love new baby Pandas because they are pink. Here is the story:

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Giant pandas at zoos in U.S., China give birth

Updated Thu. Sep. 7 2006 9:21 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING — A giant panda in southwest China has given birth to a pair of twins, state media said, the latest additions in a baby boom for the endangered animals.

Ya Ya, who lives in the Chongqing Zoo, delivered the babies about an hour apart early Tuesday, China News Service said.
They were her first cubs, it said, and both mother and babies are healthy. The zoo has been closed for a week to give Ya Ya some peace, it said.

One has been taken to the Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre, also in Sichuan province, because Ya Ya cannot produce enough milk for both cubs, it said.

Ya Ya was mated with 11-year-old Ling Ling from Wolong in April. The pandas watched a mating video before breeding, China News Service said.

On Wednesday, zoo officials in Atlanta also announced a rare giant panda birth, one of only a few in the United States.
Lun Lun delivered her first cub just before 5 p.m., zoo spokeswoman Jennifer Waller said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on its website that indications were that the baby was healthy and being cared for by its mother.

Panda keepers will remain on watch for up to 24 hours to see if the baby panda, estimated to weigh just 113 grams, had a twin, the newspaper said. Fifty per cent of panda births result in twin cubs.

Only four giant pandas have been born and successfully raised in a U.S. zoo.

Zoo Atlanta artificially inseminated the eight-year-old Lun Lun at the end of March with semen taken from her partner, Yang Yang. They had tried for several years to successfully mate the pair naturally.

A panda cub at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., born last summer was also the product of artificial insemination.

Last month, the Chinese government announced the birth of four sets of panda twins. China has more than 180 pandas living in captivity, according to the government.

A 2002 Chinese government census found there were just 1,596 pandas left in the wild. But state media has said a new study by Chinese and British scientists has found there might be as many as 3,000.