Panda twins born in Atlanta

This is the best video I’ve seen yet of a panda giving birth. Lun Lun, a female panda at the Atlanta zoo, gave birth to twins. This just happened, and the BBC reports:

Lun Lun, a 19-year-old giant panda, has given birth to twins at Zoo Atlanta.

The zoo will use the same cub-swapping method as for her twins in 2013; they will rotate the cubs so they both receive care from their mother.

Lun Lun was artificially inseminated, and the father is Yang Yang, aged 18.

Look how small, hairless, and helpless that cub is. How do they bring these fetuses up in the wild?

But poor pandas—they never get to have sex!

h/t: Michael


  1. rickflick
    Posted September 4, 2016 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Don’t sit on it mommy.

  2. Posted September 4, 2016 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    The definition of a baby only a mother could love. ewwww

  3. Lee
    Posted September 4, 2016 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Incredible size difference between mom and kid.

  4. Merilee
    Posted September 4, 2016 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Rotating?? Who takes care of the other one?

  5. jrhs
    Posted September 4, 2016 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Considering how small the baby is, I wonder if panda childbirth is painful.

    • Posted September 5, 2016 at 4:46 am | Permalink

      Apparently, no panda ever ate a forbidden fruit :-).

  6. Posted September 4, 2016 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    I’d be so afraid I’d step on or roll over on my baby if I were a panda.

    • John Conoboy
      Posted September 4, 2016 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

      This is not an uncommon event and panda cubs have been inadvertently killed, especially with first-time panda mothers. The curators at the zoos and the Panda bases in China have to be very alert to this possibility.

  7. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted September 4, 2016 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Classic … it’s not “precocious”, is it “altricial” … infant. Totally dependent on the (mother | parent) for care for an extended period of time.
    Almost like a hoomin. Or a catling.

    • Merilee
      Posted September 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

      Or a kangaroo joey.

    • Posted September 5, 2016 at 4:51 am | Permalink

      I admit I tend to confuse pandas with koalas, because both are teddy-like, slow, herbivorous, arboreal, and endangered. Still, I try to remember that they live in different places and the panda is placental while the koala is marsupial. When I looked at the image of the baby panda… I could swear it was a marsupial baby! In the future, I’ll be even more confused.

      • Merilee
        Posted September 5, 2016 at 9:42 am | Permalink

        I thought the same thing, Maya. It certainly looks like a marsupial baby in size, but it doesn’t have to climb all the way up to a pouch.

  8. Mike
    Posted September 5, 2016 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    She must keep it wrapped in her belly to keep it warm, Does she eat while she’s nursing such a vulnerable infant.?

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