One cub of giant panda Huan Huan's twins died: French zoo
Huan Huan, the female panda which is on loan to France from China, has delivered twin cubs on Friday night, but one cub died shortly after its birth, according to the French zoo.
In her first delivery, Huan Huan has given birth to two cubs at interval of a few minutes, said the zoo in a communique.
In the wild, female pandas raise only a cub, the "strongest", the one that has the most chances of survival, and abandon the second. Huan Huan has chosen the second cub and the first one was put immediately to an incubator.
In addition, two Chinese caretakers, specialized in baby pandas, arrived at the animal park to help to look after the panda family 24 hours a day and until January 2018. They will also teach Beauval team the first steps necessary for a good care of the newcomers.
The female panda and her male partner Yuan Zi arrived in central France's Beauval zoo in January 2012. They are on loan from China for ten years.
The female panda is only on heat once a year for two days.
There are about 2,000 pandas in the world.They classified as "vulnerable" species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).