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Newest giant panda at Atlanta Zoo gives birth to twin girls

(Source: Atlanta Zoo) (Source: Atlanta Zoo)
(Source: Atlanta Zoo) (Source: Atlanta Zoo)

ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) – The giant panda, Lun Lun at Zoo Atlanta, is once again the mother of twin girls.

The giant panda twins were born on Sept. 3, 2016, and their gender was confirmed by DNA testing.

“This is always exciting news to be able to share, but what we’re most excited about is that we have two healthy, thriving giant panda twins who have almost reached the two-month mark. Our giant panda care team and Lun Lun have done a terrific job helping the cubs reach this point,” said Raymond B. King, President, and CEO. “We’re grateful to our colleagues at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute for their expertise in assisting Zoo Atlanta with the DNA results.”

The twins, now nearly two months old and each weighing four pounds, are the second pair of surviving giant panda cubs born in the U.S. and are the second set of twin girls for 19-year-old Lun Lun. Their older sisters, Mei Lun and Mei Huan, 3, will leave Atlanta for the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China on Nov. 3, 2016.

The pair is expected to make their debut at the zoo in December 2016 or January 2017. In accordance with the Chinese 100 Day tradition, the twins will be named on their 100th day on December 12, 2016.

The twins are the sixth and seventh offspring of Lun Lun and 19-year-old Yang Yang. Their first three offspring, male Mei Lan (born 2006), male Xi Lan (born 2008) and female Po (born 2010), now reside at the Chengdu Research Base, to be joined later this week by Mei Lun and Mei Huan (born 2013).

All of the giant pandas in U.S. zoos are owned by China, and as part of Zoo Atlanta’s loan agreement with China, all of Lun Lun and Yang Yang’s offspring eventually travel to Chengdu when they are of age.

To keep up with the pandas click here for the ‘Panda Cam.’

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