Giant Panda Twins Born During Pandemic Have Been Named 'Safe' And 'Sound'

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

By Amy Pilkington, Diply

Pandas are notoriously reluctant breeders so the birth of new babies is always great news, but here in the craziness of early 2020, the birth of twins is particularly exciting.

It's especially heartwarming to learn that they have been named "Ping Ping" and "An An", which translates from Chinese as "Safe" and "Sound."

D'aww!


The twins were born on March 16 at the Chengdu Research and Breeding Base of Giant Panda.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Their mom is Fuwa, a 16 year-old giant panda who has given birth five times, with eight babies total.

Both babies are male, and weighed 159.8g (0.35lb) and 119.5g (0.26lb) at birth.


Baby pandas are born pink and covered in thin white hair.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

A month later, they now weigh just over 1kg (2.2lb) and 800g (1.76lb).

Their eyes are still closed, which is normal for pandas. They should start opening them up in a couple of weeks.


They'll start to develop their black and white pattern at around six months.


The Base says that they planned ahead as the worldwide health crisis began to escalate in China. Plenty of bamboo and other supplies were stocked up.

After two months of total closure, the Base has begun to reopen to tourists, though with continued restrictions to the number of visitors allowed in at a time.

See more at: Diply

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