USEUROPEAFRICAASIA 中文双语Français
China
Home / China / Society

China's aged panda gives sixth birth

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-07-16 09:33

CHENGDU -- An 18-year-old captive-bred panda, considered old among pandas eligible for pregnancy, gave her sixth birth in southwest China on Saturday.

Qizhen's water broke at around 6 a.m. The cub, the tenth by the mother, weighed 168 grams at birth. Both stay very healthy, said Wu Kongju, a panda expert with the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center in Sichuan Province.

Giant pandas have extremely low birth rates as a couple has a very narrow window once a year to conceive. In general, a female panda gives birth every two years, to one or two cubs at a time.

They also stay fertile for only 12 years, mostly between 8 to 20.

Wu said Qizhen gave birth sixth times over the past 11 years. She can still have one more birth just before she turns 20.

"It will be very rare for a panda to have seven births in her lifetime," Wu said.

Editor's picks
BACK TO THE TOP
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349
FOLLOW US