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Panda Birth Caught on Film (Video)

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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8:35AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

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.

11:25AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

It's so small!! Cute :)

6:39PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

So small and so fragile!

5:40PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

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

1:30PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

I love Pandas.....

1:30PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

I love Pandas.....

12:27PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

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

7:47AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

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

6:27AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

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.

Storek

5:50AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Kung Fu panda.Heeeeeya :)

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