The birth of two panda cubs at the Beauval Zoo, France.

Two little plantigrades arrive to enrich the Beauval panda family, already strong thanks to their father Yuan Zi and older brother Yuan Meng, born August 4, 2017.

Both babies are pink. Both are in perfect health. They look pretty big. they are great” responded ZooParc President Rodolphe Delors from the control center of the Beauval Panda Reproduction and Conservation Center.

Juan Juan first showed signs of unrest around 5:30 pm on Sunday. Alternating activity and sleep, the waters finally broke at 00:30, and at 01:03 the cubs were born. Immediately, the kids perked up and squealed.

A caretaker from the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Center, who came specifically for the birth, managed to take one of the panda cubs to provide care and put him in an incubator. He weighed 149 grams, weight”very reassuring“For a panda cub, according to the zoo’s chief veterinarian Baptiste Mulot.

The larger they are, the less fragile. This is very reassuring. They are in the high range because they should be between 100 and 150 grams at birth.“, the veterinarian explained.

Maternal instinct

The second was also waiting to be examined carefully. However, he liked to spend a little more time with his mother, who, according to the guardians, learned with experience the right attitude towards her baby.

After two or three days, veterinarians will be able to determine the sex of newborns.

They are placed in the incubator in turn and take turns suckling their mother. They will be monitored around the clock before the public can see them in a few weeks.“, said Mr. Delors.

At the end of March, two giant pandas, Huang Huan and Yuan Zi, one of Beauval’s main attractions, attempted to mate. Artificial insemination was also carried out as a precaution, as the female was only fertile 24 to 48 hours a year.

It was with this technique that Juan Juan gave birth to her first twins, only one of which proved to be viable. Now 4 years old, the first panda born in France now weighs over a hundred kilograms.

Since 2016, giant pandas are no more.”in danger“extinction is listed in the Red Book of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). But the species nevertheless remains “vulnerable“, while 500 pandas live in captivity and 2,000 in the wild in China.

Two newborns from the Loire-et-Cher will not have their final names until 100 days later. Traditionally, they will be chosen by the First Lady of China. As a sign that birth is part of “panda diplomacy“.

China, which in 2012 loaned Yuan Zi and Huan Huan to France for ten years, does indeed use its friendly bicolor bears as symbols of its diplomatic friendship.

Twins are born: the female panda Huang Huang, provided by China to the zoo Beauval (Loire and Cher), gave birth to two healthy cubs overnight from Sunday to Monday.

Two little plantigrades arrive to enrich the Beauval panda family, already strong thanks to their father Yuan Zi and older brother Yuan Meng, born August 4, 2017.

Both babies are pink. Both are in perfect health. […] they are great” responded ZooParc President Rodolphe Delors from the control center of the Beauval Panda Reproduction and Conservation Center.

The first ten days is a sensitive period, but two babies, two little girls are a priori strong, and Huang Huan’s behavior is much better. She has the gestures of a good mother. it’s a good birth“, – estimated the zoo’s chief veterinarian Baptiste Mulot, who will not be able to determine the sex of little pandas with certainty for several more days.

Juan Juan first showed signs of unrest around 5:30 pm on Sunday. Alternating activity and sleep, the waters finally broke at 00:30, and at 01:03 the cubs were born. Immediately, the kids perked up and squealed.

A caretaker from the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Center, who came specifically for the birth, managed to take one of the panda cubs to provide care and put him in an incubator. He weighed 149 grams, weight”very reassuring“for a panda cub.

The larger they are, the less fragile. They are in the high range because they should be between 100 and 150 grams at birth.“, the veterinarian explained.

The second little female, who spent a little more time with her parent, weighed 128 grams.

Alternative custody

Now the guardians will have to monitor the health of Juan Juan and regularly alternate babies with mothers.

They will be placed in an incubator and suckle their mother in turn. They will be monitored around the clock before the public can see them in a few weeks.“, said Mr. Delors.

At the end of March, two giant pandas, Huang Huan and Yuan Zi, one of Beauval’s main attractions, attempted to mate. Artificial insemination was also carried out as a precaution, as the female was only fertile 24 to 48 hours a year.

It was with this technique that Juan Juan gave birth to her first twins, only one of which proved to be viable. Now 4 years old, the first panda born in France now weighs over a hundred kilograms.

Since 2016, giant pandas are no more.”in danger“extinction is listed in the Red Book of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). But the species nevertheless remains “vulnerable“, while 500 pandas live in captivity and 2,000 in the wild in China.

Two newborns from the Loire-et-Cher will not have their final names until 100 days later. Traditionally, they will be chosen by the First Lady of China. As a sign that birth is part of “panda diplomacy“.

China, which in 2012 loaned Yuan Zi and Huan Huan to France for ten years, does indeed use its friendly bicolor bears as symbols of its diplomatic friendship.

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