The three as-of-yet unnamed adorable panda cubs, which were were born on 29 July in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, are alive and doing well. Newly-released images are showing them enjoying life’s simple pleasures — stretching in their incubator in Guangzhou Zoo and kissing mom.
The incredibly rare triplets are spending most of their time inside the regulated incubator and are only allowed brief visits to bond with their proud mother Ju Xiao.
The new photos have captured the cubs sleeping and stretching in their incubator, their bodies still pink and virtually hairless. The triplets were born within four hours of one another and weighed between 8oz and 12oz.
The report stated that the triplets were only the fourth known to have ever been born in the world through artificial breeding programs and, so far as we know, this is the only case where all have survived.
China has invested vast resources in its program for increasing the numbers of the country’s emblematic animal. The Chinese authorities regularly announce the births of pandas at zoos and at the Wolong breeding center, which is located in the southwestern province of Sichuan, which is also where most wild pandas are found. There are about 1,600 giant pandas living in the wild. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. One of the newborn panda triplets pokes out its tongue as it enjoys a relaxing stretch while its two siblings snooze.
2. One of the triplets gets up close to its mother Ju Xiao at the zoo in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
3. The adorable panda triplets sprawl around inside their incubator.
4. The three cubs were born July 29 in the southern city of Guangzhou, but breeders delayed the announcement of their birth until they were sure all three would survive.
5. Triplet panda cubs rest in an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China.
6. The cubs were born on July 29, but breeders delayed an announcement until they were sure all three would survive.
7. Mom Ju Xiao caresses one of her cubs in her enclosure at the safari park.
8. The triplets were born within four hours of each other and currently weigh between 8oz and 12oz.
9. The report said the triplets were only the fourth known to have been born in the world through artificial breeding programs, but it wasn’t clear how many had survived from such births.
10. Photos showed the three sleeping and standing in their incubator, their bodies pink and mostly hairless.
11. There are about 1,600 giant pandas in the wild, where they are critically endangered due to loss of habitat and low birth rates. More than 300 live in captivity, mostly in China’s breeding programs.
And here is the video:
Source: The Mail Online.
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