Saturday 1 October 2016

Giant panda gives birth to twins at Atlanta zoo

Catherine Devine

Published 03/09/2016 | 19:33

Lun Lun with earlier set of twins, Mei Lun and Mei Huan, in 2013. Photo: Reuters
Lun Lun with earlier set of twins, Mei Lun and Mei Huan, in 2013. Photo: Reuters

A 19-year-old giant panda has given birth to a set of twins at Atlanta Zoo.

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A giant panda named Lun Lun delivered the blind and almost hairless twin cubs at 7.20am and 8.07am Saturday morning.

It’s Lun Lun’s second pair of twins.

Lun Lun was artificially inseminated in March and has seven offsprings with 18-year-old male panda Yang Yang.

The pair’s first three cubs live at China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan were born in 2013 and live at Zoo Atlanta.

Officials expect zoo members and guests to meet the cubs in December or early next year.

“We’re thrilled and relieved that the second of Lun Lun’s twins has arrived,” Hayley Murphy, vice-president of animal divisions, said in a statement. “Our focus now will be the care and monitoring of the cubs and Lun Lun to ensure that both cubs have the best opportunity to succeed.”

The cubs are the sixth and seventh pandas born at Zoo Atlanta since 2006.

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