Oh, this is such a great news! China News Service has reported that the three panda cubs you will see in the images and video below were born on 29 July in the southern city of Guangzhou. The news has been delayed until the breeders were sure that all three would survive.
The birth of the extremely rare panda triplets is celebrated as the latest success for China’s artificial breeding program. The mother, Ju Xiao, who is also doing well, was impregnated in March with sperm from a panda male who lives at a Guangzhou zoo. In the final weeks of Ju Xiao’s pregnancy, she was kept under constant care, according to the report from the state-run news agency.
The as-of-yet unnamed panda triplets were born within four hours of each other and weigh between 8oz and 12oz. The news report stated that the triplets were only the fourth ever known to have been born through an artificial breeding programs, but didn’t specify how many had survived from such births.
China has invested huge resources in a program for increasing the numbers of the country’s most emblematic animal. The authorities regularly announce births of pandas at zoos and at the Wolong breeding center, which is located in the southwestern province of Sichuan, where also most wild pandas are found.
There are estimated to be about 1,600 giant pandas living in the wild, where they are designated as critically endangered due to the loss of habitat and low birth rates. More than 300 other pandas live in captivity and most of them participate in China’s breeding programs. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Triplet panda cubs rest in an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China.
2. Triplet panda cubs rest in an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou in south China’s Guangdong province.
3. In this photo taken Sunday Aug. 10, 2014, Giant panda Ju Xiao caresses one of her triplet panda cubs in her cell at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou in south China’s Guangdong province. China announced Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 the birth of extremely rare panda triplets in a further success for the country’s artificial breeding program. The three cubs were born July 29 in the southern city of Guangzhou, but breeders delayed an announcement until they were sure all three would survive, the official China News Service said.(AP Photo)
4. The triplets were born within four hours of each other and currently weigh between 8oz and 12oz.
5. 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.
6. Photos showed the three sleeping and standing in their incubator, their bodies pink and mostly hairless.
7. 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:
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