AUG 11, 2019 5:12 AM PDT

Belgian Zoo Welcomes Two Newborn Panda Twins

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

This past week has been an exceptionally thrilling one for staff at the Belgian Pairi Daiza zoo. A female giant panda there named Hao Hao delivered a couple of panda cub twins – one male and one female – on Thursday, August 8th. The zoo made a public announcement about the circumstances the following day, calling it an “extremely rare” event in the process.

These are the two panda cub twins that were born at the Pairi Daiza zoo on Thursday.

Image Credit: Pairi Daiza Zoo

Citing the zoo’s official public statement, these are only the second and third cub births to occur at the Pairi Daiza zoo since the species first went on display there in partnership with the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. The most recent panda cub birth to transpire at Pairi Daiza zoo before Thursday happened in June 2016.

"This double birth is marvelous news for this extraordinary species," said Eric Domb, president of the zoo. "We are very proud... the birth of these two babies is a tremendous reward for the huge work carried on every day by all our teams."

Related: An albino giant panda has been spotted in the Chinese wilderness for the first time

The newborn cubs are much too young to be placed into the public pen with the others, and so caregivers are monitoring their health around the clock in the zoo’s maternity ward to ensure their safety and good health. Each one takes turns sipping from the zoo’s milk bottle, a process that gives the mother a break in caring for the newborns.

Unfortunately, the public won’t be able to view the newborns until they’ve grown large enough to join the others in the public enclosure. He zoo does this to keep stress levels at a minimum and to ensure good health in the most critical time period of the cubs’ lives.

Worthy of note, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) no longer recognizes the giant panda as an ‘endangered’ species on the organization's Red List, but even as a ‘vulnerable’ species, their population numbers appear to be climbing in the wilderness. Conservationists estimate that there are somewhere between 500 and 1,000 mature individuals in the wild today. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this figure excludes captive specimens like those at Pairi Daiza zoo.

Related: Giant panda habitats are purportedly being threatened by grazing livestock

Breeding giant pandas is a particularly tricky process, and so we give the Pairi Daiza zoo some major props for succeeding in this endeavor. It should be interesting to see if the cubs will grow up to be big and strong like their parents.

Source: Pairi Daiza via Phys.org, IUCN

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
APR 28, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
APR 28, 2020
Carbon-Dating Ancient Pottery Just Got Easier
Carbon-dating Pottery Kitchenware Just Got Easier Pottery, especially vessels that our ancestors used to eat and drink w ...
APR 28, 2020
Plants & Animals
APR 28, 2020
Young Orangutans Must Learn a Lot Before Adulthood
Orangutans watch over their children for longer periods than any other primate besides humans. On average, most organs t ...
APR 29, 2020
Earth & The Environment
APR 29, 2020
Examining Plastic Pollution in Antarctica
While it’s not surprising that plastic pollution is reaching Antarctica, it is undoubtedly alarming considering th ...
MAY 07, 2020
Health & Medicine
MAY 07, 2020
Mosquito Feeding Time Shift Impacts Malaria Prevention Methods
Thanks to the success of insecticide-treated bed nets, mosquitos seem to have shifted their feeding times away from the ...
MAY 10, 2020
Plants & Animals
MAY 10, 2020
'Murder Hornets' Are Now in the U.S., So Now What?
Most people cringe at the thought of getting stung by a bee, let alone hornets or wasps, with the latter tending to be m ...
MAY 13, 2020
Health & Medicine
MAY 13, 2020
Studying Skates for the Future of Cartilage Therapy
According to the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at the University of Chicago, nearly 25% of Americans have arthritis ...
Loading Comments...