A mother panda named Juxiao recently delivered the triplets on the morning of July 29th in the Guangzhou’s Chimelong Safari Park. In the above video, there’s even some raw footage of Juxiao giving birth, which looks far less painless than human birth, as they pink baby pandas slide out of the birth canal like a water slide. Sorry for that image.
A Chinese zoo has unveiled newborn panda triplets billed as the world’s first known surviving trio, in what it hailed as a miracle given the animal’s famously low reproductive rate.
She delivered the first cub at 1.10am and the second cub at 3.47am. The third baby was successfully delivered at 4.34am. Staff said Juxiao was too exhausted to care for the cubs, who were moved to an incubator.
Chimelong Safari Park said the triplets “can be described as a new wonder of the world,” considering both how rare panda births are and how high their rate of mortality is. If all three live beyond six months, their birth and survival will be considered a true miracle. Their sex has not been disclosed and they have not yet been named publicly.
Pandas, whose natural habitat lies in mountainous southwestern China, have a notoriously low reproductive rate and are under pressure from factors such as habitat loss. China has about 1,600 pandas living in the wild.
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