Excitement has gripped the Middle Kingdom as of last Sunday, with Macau’s legendary giant panda, Xin Xin, giving birth to twin cubs. The firstborn was delivered at 3.45pm, weighing in at 135 grams, the second 45 minutes later, weighing 53.8 grams, according to Macau’s home affairs department. Their gender is unclear.
A department statement explained that the younger cub is “very light compared to the average birth weight of a panda cub” requiring additional attention.
Fortunately: “Veterinarians confirmed that Xin Xin and the larger panda cub were in good condition, while the smaller one would be taken care of 24 hours a day.” Xin Xin has hit the ground to motherhood running, apparently “looking very proficient with the cubs, showing her motherly nature”.
Macau’s pandas, Kai Kai and Xin Xin, were presents from mainland government in December 2014, commemorating the former Portuguese colony’s 15th anniversary of reunification with China.
The Giant Panda Pavilion in Coloane, southern Macau, is home to Kai Kai and Xin Xin. In preparation of the delivery, it was closed to the public from June 14, however it’s due to open its doors once more on July 12.
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