Panda Birth Caught on Film (Video)

A giant panda, Yuan Yuan, gave birth to her fourth panda cub after three hours of labor on Saturday. The birth and footage of the new baby have been caught on video.

The tiny pink cub (who is blind and has no teeth) has been examined by veterinarians at the Chengdu Panda Base (in southwest China) and placed in an incubator.

The new panda was conceived through natural mating ”which Chinese media say is relatively rare in captivity where most pandas are inseminated artificially,” Sky News (Australia) reports. Pandas ovulate only once a year and can only be impregnated in a two to three day period.

Yuan Yuan last gave birth to a set of twins in 2010. The new cub’s gender will not be known for about two more months; its fur will change into the panda’s distinct black and white coloring in about a month.

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Image from a video uploaded by NTD Television via YouTube


Roberta Balfour
Roberta Balfour3 years ago

Why was it taken from the mother? It looked to me like it was desperate for her comfort and she seemed to be doing the right things.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim4 years ago

It's so small!! Cute :)

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim4 years ago

So small and so fragile!

Lin Moy
Lin M4 years ago

I didn't watch the video, was enough knowing it was born and doing well.

Dave C.
David C.4 years ago

I love Pandas.....

Dave C.
David C.4 years ago

I love Pandas.....

Ellen B.
Ellen B.4 years ago

Geeez! Why didn't they put straw or something in that birthing pen?! Hard concrete floor for that tiny baby to drop on. :(

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch4 years ago

Panda's are safe from chinese medicine, why not tigers, rhinos and sun bears?

Storek Sc
Storek Sc4 years ago

To AnneK:

What a completely closed minded and unsubstantiated remark. There are plenty of Republicans and Conservatives that love animals, want to see them safeguarded and thrive. What a ridiculous statement. All you have to do is view other postings like this to see that. As for the voting records of Gov Romney and Rep Ryan, you do not know what you are talking about. I certainly hope you do not represent Care2Care. Shame on you.


Habib M.
Habib Mohagheghi4 years ago

Kung Fu panda.Heeeeeya :)