Berlin Zoo: Meng Meng The Panda Gives Birth To Twins
The Berlin Zoo is celebrating and welcoming 2 new pandas after Meng Meng, their resident Panda, gave birth to twins.
This is the first time that Meng Meng gave birth to cubs in Germany.
On September 2, 2019, officials at the Berlin Zoo said that Meng Meng gave birth to a hand-sized pink cub on August 31, 2019.
The Berlin Zoo tweeted, “Meng Meng became a mom – twice! We are so happy, we are speechless.”
Meng Meng became a mom – twice! We are so happy, we are speechless! ❤️🐼🍼🐼❤️
#babypandasberlin #pandasberlin #ZooBerlin pic.twitter.com/SKQvxMxO4z
— Zoo Tierpark Berlin (@zooberlin) September 2, 2019
A statement was released by the Berlin Zoo, they said, “[Meng Meng] placed the tiny creature gently on her belly and began to warm it lovingly with her big paws, warm breath, and the soft fur of her cheeks.”
Earlier this year, the zoo confirmed and announced that Meng Meng was pregnant.
Jiao Qing and Meng Meng arrived at the Berlin Zoo from China in 2017, the 2 pandas mated in April 2019.
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Meng Meng was also artificially inseminated to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.
Andreas Knieriem, the director of the Berlin Zoo, said, “Meng Meng and her two cubs coped well with the birth and are all in good health.”
One of the cubs weighs 136 grams and the second one is 186 grams. The genders of the cubs have not yet been determined.
The national animal of China is the Giant Panda, and as part of the “Panda Diplomacy” act, the mammals have been dispatched around a dozen of countries to showcase the close relationships of the 2 countries.
The Berlin Zoo pays $15 Million USD annually to host the pandas and Meng Meng and Jiao Qing are set to stay at the zoo for 15 years.
Most of the money that is paid by the zoo will go towards conservation efforts and panda breeding programs in China.
After the newborn cubs have been weaned, the cubs should be returned to China within 4 years.
Earlier, China gave 3 pandas to Germany, Bao Bao, the last one, passed away in 2012 at the age of 34. He was once the oldest male panda in the world.
In the 1970s, there were 1000 pandas left in China, but thanks to conservation and breeding programs, the numbers have increased to 1864.
The Giant Panda is still listed on the endangered species list.
There are over 400 pandas living in zoos all over the world, and this is part of the conservation projects of Beijing.