title: 'Giant panda twins born in China' published: true publish_date: '31-08-2016 14:56' taxonomy: category:

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    A giant panda has given birth to twins in China, the first pair of the endangered species born in the world this year, conservation workers told state media on Sunday. The mother, Haizi, became pregnant after mating with males Bai Yang and Yi Bao in March. Most giant pandas are not good breeders in captivity. They were born to a panda named Haizi at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China's southwest Sichuan province on Saturday evening, according to the Xinhua news agency. The first cub arrived at 4:54 pm (0954 GMT) and the second 10 minutes later, said workers at the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda on the reserve. Staff were unable to weigh the second cub or determine its gender as its mother kept it in her hold for some time after birth. But they said it should be healthy, given its size and the sounds it has been making. The second cub is a female and weighs 79.2 grams (just under three ounces), the staff said, according to Xinhua. Fewer than 1,600 pandas remain in the wild, mainly in Sichuan, with around 300 in captivity around the world, the majority in China. (AFP)

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