Panda twins born in SW China

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A giant panda gave birth to twin cubs at a breeding base in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said Saturday.

A newborn giant panda cub is pictured at a breeding base in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Oct. 12, 2019. A giant panda gave birth to twin cubs at a breeding base in Chengdu, Sichuan, local authorities said Saturday. The first male cub was born at 1:58 p.m. weighing 176.6 grams while his younger brother popped out at 4:35 p.m. weighing 131.4 grams. [Photo / Xinhua]

The first male cub was born at 1:58 p.m. weighing 176.6 grams while his younger brother popped out at 4:35 p.m. weighing 131.4 grams.

Their mother Xiaoyatou was described by staff at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding as an "experienced mother." The delivery was smooth and she immediately grasped and licked the babies, the base said.

As of Saturday, a total of 11 cubs have been born at the base this year. The number of captive pandas stood at 548 globally as of November last year. Fewer than 2,000 pandas live in the wild, mostly in the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Shaanxi.

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