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Giant panda Mei Xiang gives birth to twins at the Washington National Zoo

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The loud vocalizations from the cub after birth were a “great sign for good health,” noted Baker-Masson, who said staff watched with awe as the mother panda picked up her new cub, about the size of a stick of butter.

That panda hid her pregnancy! She was fluffy and did not show. 

Lucky panda!  That's a proper size for delivery.

Sounds like it! We need more details about the cubs.

One of the two was retrieved, following a special protocol for rearing twins, another zoo spokeswoman said. It was placed in an incubator. It was not clear which of the two cubs it was.

However, the zoo said, both cubs would be given the opportunity to bond with their mother. The zoo’s “panda team” would alternate the cubs between maternal and incubator rearing. One will be nursing and spending time with the mother, while the other would be fed by bottle and kept warm in the incubator.

Authorities were alerted to the second birth through watching a video feed of the panda habitat.

It occurred quickly, more rapidly than the day’s first birth, Baker-Masson said.

The loud vocalizations from the first cub after birth were a “great sign for good health,” said Baker-Masson, who added that staffers watched with awe as the mother picked up her cub, about the size of a stick of butter.

I wonder if Trump thinks it's an anchor baby panda. 


With his immigrant wives, Trump is an anchor husband!

I'm guessing he doesn't see it that way. 

Giant panda cubs, like many newborns at the zoo, are extremely fragile.

Six other giant panda cubs have died at the zoo dating to the 1980s.

The birth came three years after zoo officials were prepared to request replacements for Mei Xiang and the zoo’s male giant panda, Tian Tian, because of their poor reproductive record. In 2011, the pair had gone five years without producing a cub.

The first new cub was the second in two years.


Speaking of the first cub, Neiffer said no decision had been made on when zoo staffers will examine the cub for paternity, gender and general health, Neiffer said. Naming will come later. 

“There’s a lot of very important bonding going on right now,” he said. “We don’t want to disturb that.”

The giant panda had been artificially inseminated twice on April 26 and 27 with semen collected from Tian Tian and from a male giant panda at a research center in Wolong, China.

In 2011, the zoo reached a new lease agreement with China that extended the stay of the two giant pandas for five years. All cubs born in the zoo must be returned to China four years after birth. The new agreement expires Dec. 6, 2015.

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