First twin panda cubs of the year born

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A captive-bred giant panda gave birth to the first twin cubs of the year in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said on Tuesday.
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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

The captive-bred panda twins are seen at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, on May 23, 2018.

A captive-bred giant panda gave birth to the first twin cubs of the year in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said on Tuesday.

The female twins, weighing 149.9 grams and 110.7 grams, respectively, were born on May 23 at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the base said.

They are the world's first set of captive-bred panda twins born in 2018.

It was the third birth for their mother Meng Meng, who base staff describe as an "experienced mother." The delivery was smooth and she immediately grasped and licked the babies, they said.


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