Panda twins born on day for lovers

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA in Chengdu

Panda twins were born at the Chengdu Re­search Base of Gi­ant Panda Breed­ing in Sichuan prov­ince on Tues­day.

The mother, Cheng­gong, gave birth to a male and a fe­male cub around 1:34 am, base staff mem­ber Wu Kongju said, not­ing that Cheng­gong’s la­bor lasted 14 hours.

The twins weighed in at 195.5 and 152.8 grams. Both are in good con­di­tion.

“This is Cheng­gong’s third birth. She is a very good mother. Af­ter the cubs were born, she cud­dled them and com­forted them,” Wu said.

The twins are the eighth pair of twins born in the Chengdu base this year along with five sin­gle cubs.

July to Septem­ber is the high sea­son for panda births.

There are more than 1,300 wild pan­das in Sichuan, 15 per­cent more than 10 years ago, and 360 more are in cap­tiv­ity.

Tues­day is Qixi on the Chi­nese lu­nar cal­en­dar — Chi­nese Valen­tine’s Day. The hol­i­day orig­i­nates from a myth about the love be­tween an or­di­nary herds­man and a fairy.

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Left: Mother panda Cheng­gong gives birth to twins on Tues­day morn­ing. Right: The new­born pan­das re­ceive good care.

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