Heart-melting moment newborn cubs nap and learn to move at China’s ‘panda nursery’
- Two pairs of panda twins have been born in China in the past three weeks
- Precious footage show the tiny animals being cared at a breeding centre
- The older cubs are three weeks old while the younger ones are one week old
- They were seen sleeping, wiggling and rolling around in their incubator
China’s state broadcaster has released adorable footage of four newborn baby pandas being looked after in a ‘panda nursery’.
The cute cubs, two pairs of twins born, are seen sleeping and wiggling around in their incubators in Chengdu, south-west China.
One of the pairs were one week and the other three weeks old when the video was shown by China Central Television Station yesterday.
A three-week-old panda cub sleeps in her incubator at the panda nursery in Chengdu, China
The baby animal was born on May 23 to 11-year-old mother Meng Meng at the panda base
A one-week-old baby panda tries to lift its head in the footage filmed yesterday in Chengdu
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The footage has also been shared by the broadcaster’s international branch CGTN on Twitter.
The tiny animals were born at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base, the world’s largest artificial breeding population of captive pandas.
They are under around-the-clock care at the ‘Sun Delivery Room’, which is a part of the base’s panda nursery specialised in nursing newborn cubs.
All of the cubs are in good health, according to China Central Television Station’s reporter who visited the nursery yesterday.
The older twins, two female cubs named Mei Meng and Lan Meng, are already showing the iconic black-and-white pattern on their fur.
The older twins, called Mei Meng and Lan Meng, were pictured moments after they were born
Keepers transferred them to an incubator after their mother delivered them in an enclosure
The cubs were born on May 23 to third-time mother Meng Meng which is 11 years old.
The elder sister and the younger sister weighed 149.9 grams (5.3 ounces) and 110.7 grams (3.9 ounces) respectively at birth.
Keepers take the sisters body temperature every day by carefully putting them on a flat digital thermometer.
In order to stop them from wiggling on the thermometer, keepers would gently pat them on the back.
As the newborns’ digestive system has not developed fully, keepers also need to help them excrete.
The video also captures the moment how one caretaker tapped near one of the sister’s rear to help her pass faeces from her body.
The three-week-old cubs were learning how to move and roll around, said the reporter.
The younger pair of twins were the first cubs of seven-year-old panda Ya Yun, who gave birth on June 5.
The younger twin panda cubs, a female and a male, were born on June 5 in Chengdu
They are the dubs of seven-year-old first-time mother Ya Yun and are ye to be named
The first cub, a female, weighed 135.3 grams (4.8 ounces) at birth while her brother weighed 148.8 grams (5.2 ounces).
At just one week old, the pigeon pair’s black-and-white fur had started to show around their eyes, ears and neck, but they were largely pink.
The two cubs are yet to be named.
It’s reported that keepers need to weigh the week-old cubs once every two hours to monitor their growth.
Baby pandas are born pink, blind and without the iconic black-and-black fur.
They are born between the months of June, July and August because pandas’ short mating season is in spring.
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