Chinese conservationists celebrate birth of seven baby pandas
Friday 02 November 2012
Seven baby panda cubs have been born at a research and conservation facility in Sichuan Province, China.
The panda cubs were born following a long procedure to artificially inseminate their parents.
One of the baby pandas, named Oreo, weighed just 162gms or 6ozs when he was born - it is hoped they will be released into the wild when they are older.
The names of the seven panda babies are: Oreo, Xiao Qiao, Si Yi, Yuan Run, Miao Miao and two twins Cheng Shuang and Cheng Dui.
Dr Zhang Zhihe, director of the Chengdu Panda Base, said: "We are delighted that 2012 have been such a bumper year for panda cubs at the Chengdu Panda Base.
"The birth of so many baby giant pandas is a testament to the success of our breeding programme."
Their births bring the number of pandas at the Chengdu Panda Base to 113.
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