Three Pandas Born At Beijing Zoo
BEIJING (AP) _ Three pandas have been born this fall at the Beijing zoo, all of them fathered by the same male, official reports said today.
Yong Yong gave birth to two cubs on September 14, and Le Le gave birth four days later, zoo curator Feng Youqian was quoted as saying.
Yong Yong immediately began caring for her first cub, Yong Ming, cradling it and licking it. But she ignored the second cub, Yong Liang, when it was born two hours later, he said.
Yong Liang, a male, has been reared by zoo keepers. His weight is less than half of the first cub, which has been fed by its mother and now weighs a little more than 3 pounds, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
The genders of the other two cubs are not yet known, the China Daily reported.
Le Le’s cub, Jing Jing, is the third generation to be bred through artificial insemination. Its grandmothers were born in 1981 and 1986 through artificial insemination, as was its father.
Pandas are seriously endangered in the wild by human settlement and logging that have destroyed their national habitats in southwestern and central China. Poachers also hunt them for their skins. Only an estimated 1,100 to 1,500 remain in the wild.