Beijing: China today announced the birth of rare Panda triplets, stated be a miracle in the history of breeding programme of the endangered species. A 12-year-old female giant panda Ju Xiao gave birth to triplets at Changlong Wildlife Zoo in south China's Guangdong province on July 29, and both mother and cubs are in good condition, state-run China News Service reported.
This undated handout photo released on August 12, 2014 from the Chimelong Group shows newborn panda triplets inside an incubator at a safari park in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park unveiled newborn panda triplets billed as the world's first surviving trio, in what it hailed as a "miracle" given the animal's famously low reproductive rate.Pic/AFP/Chimelong Group
Another state news agency Xinhua which released the pictures of the triples said they are the first giant panda triplets in the world who are alive. The three panda cubs, weighing 90.5 grams, 83 grams and 124.4 grams, were put in incubators after birth. Now two weeks old, the three cubs are doing well, and they have been taking turns spending time with their mother.
Ju Xiao conceived through artificial insemination in March. She gave birth to twins in 2010 at the Chengdu panda research centre and went to Changlong Wildlife Zoo in 2012, following a scientific cooperation between the zoo and the centre.
"The triplets can be described as a new wonder of the world," a statement from the safari park said, adding that mortality rates among newborn pandas as "extremely high". It is the second time that a panda gave birth to cubs at the zoo. China has an elaborate breeding as well as rehabilitation programme for giant pandas but there are about 1,600 of them in the wild, where they are endangered due to loss of habitat and low birth rates.