Double the cuteness!
Twin panda cubs were born to Ke Lin on Monday morning in Chengdu, China. The tiny pandas – who are both female – are healthy and weigh 118 and 70 grams, respectively.
The babies were born at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base, and they are being kept in an incubator at the moment. The first set of twin giant pandas to be born in 2015 reportedly drink only 1 ml of milk per feeding.
Staff at the research base said that the babies’ mother – the 7-year-old Ke Lin – showed a very strong maternal instinct and that she was trying to cuddle with her daughters soon after giving birth. Huang Xiangming – a breeding expert at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base – said that this was Ke Lin’s first pregnancy.
In 2013, Ke Lin refused to mate, and even though the staff at the center introduced her to two male pandas by the end of the year and in 2014, she failed to get pregnant. Following an artificial insemination in January 2015, researchers discovered that Ke Lin was pregnant in May 2015.
She gave birth to her twins on Monday, at 5:10 am at the center, which opened in 1987 for the purposes of research, breeding and conservation.
Welcome to the world, little ones!