A panda gave birth to twins in southwest China, surprising researchers who
were only expecting a single cub.
The first born was male and sex of the second born was unknown because the
mother would not let it out of her grip after the Thursday birth, the official
Xinhua News Agency reported.
"The mother and her babies are all well," Zhang Zhihe, director of the
Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, was quoted
Female pandas normally become sexually mature between 4 and 5 years old. They
can get pregnant once a year and usually give birth to one or two cubs at a
More than 20 pandas were born in captivity in China last year, the report
The panda is one of the world's rarest animals, with about 1,590 living in
the wild in China, mostly in Sichuan and the western province of Shaanxi.
Another 180 have been bred in captivity.