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Giant Panda In French Zoo Gives Birth To ‘Pink And Plump’ Female Twins

Paris: A giant panda on loan to France from China gave birth to two female twin cubs early on Monday (August 2), a French zoo announced, declaring “they are very lively, pink and plump.” The Beauval Zoo, south of Paris, said the twins were born shortly after 1 a.m. They weigh 149 and 129 grams… Continue reading Giant Panda In French Zoo Gives Birth To ‘Pink And Plump’ Female Twins

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Giant panda in Paris zoo gives birth to female twins-(Photo: @zoobeauval/Twitter)

Paris: A giant panda on loan to France from China gave birth to two female twin cubs early on Monday (August 2), a French zoo announced, declaring “they are very lively, pink and plump.”

The Beauval Zoo, south of Paris, said the twins were born shortly after 1 a.m. They weigh 149 and 129 grams (5.3 and 4.6 ounces).

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Their mother Huan Huan and father Yuan Zi are at Beauval on a 10-year loan from China.

The twins are their second and third cubs after the first panda ever born in France, Yuan Meng, in 2017. “Huan Huan is taking care of them very well. She took them in her mouth to lick them and clean them. We can hear little cries,” the zoo said.

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The zoo said the sex of the cubs were determined by Chinese experts in charge of taking care of them but will need to be confirmed since external genitalia does not appear until they are several months old.

The birth comes after the zoo announced with great joy in March that Huan Huan and Yuan Zi had “mated eight times.”

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Giant pandas have difficulty breeding and their pregnancies are difficult to follow.

“We just lived a moment of rare intensity. These births are always very exceptional but they also bring some surprises,” said Delphine Delord, director of the Beauval Zoo.

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The cubs will not be named before 100 days. They will spend a few years in France before being sent to China.

China for decades gifted friendly nations with its unofficial national mascot in what was known as “panda diplomacy.” More recently the country has loaned pandas to zoos on commercial terms.

(With inputs from PTI)