Whats better than 2 baby pandas? 3 baby pandas! Newborn giant panda triplets are seen inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China (Reuters)
Whats better than 2 baby pandas? 3 baby pandas!
Lexile

The birth of extremely rare panda triplets is a further success for China's artificial breeding program.

The three cubs were born July 29 in the southern city of Guangzhou. Breeders delayed an announcement until they were sure all three would survive, the official China News Service said.

The mother, Ju Xiao, and the three as-yet-unnamed cubs are healthy, the news agency said. Photos showed the three sleeping and standing in their incubator. Their bodies are pink and mostly hairless. Ju Xiao was impregnated in March with sperm from a panda living at a Guangzhou zoo.

Ju Xiao was under round-the-clock care for the final weeks of her pregnancy, according to the report. The triplets were born within four hours of each other and currently weigh between 230 grams (8 ounces) and 333 grams (12 ounces).

The report said the triplets were only the fourth known to have been born in the world through artificial breeding programs. But it wasn't clear how many had survived from such births.

China has devoted major resources to increasing the numbers of the country's unofficial national mascot. China regularly announces the birth of pandas born at zoos and at the Wolong breeding center in the southwestern province of Sichuan. That is where most wild pandas are found.

There are about 1,600 giant pandas in the wild, where they are critically endangered due to loss of habitat and low birth rates. More than 300 live in captivity, mostly in China's breeding programs.

Critical thinking challenge: Why are pandas Chinas unofficial mascot? What makes the panda a good choice to represent China?

Filed Under:  
Assigned 12 times


COMMENTS (6)
  • KendraE-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 10:33 a.m.

    This is a very interesting article. I did not know pandas could have triplets. If more pandas start having triplets and all the triplets survive it could increase the panda population by a ton!

  • AutumnSk-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 10:40 a.m.

    These pandas are so adorable! I have never seen a pink hairless panda, but now that I have they are so interesting. I would like to see one myself someday! these article was so cool.

  • RSydnee-Sti
    10/17/2014 - 01:48 p.m.

    Since they are so rare will they ever find the answer everyone wants to know what kind of panda is it it could be a very very diffrent kind of panda you could breed them and see what you get.

  • CStacey-Sti
    10/17/2014 - 01:54 p.m.

    They kinda look ugly without hair but at the same time there babies and babies are cute no matter what or how much or little hair they have.

  • taylors-Bea
    11/19/2014 - 12:50 p.m.

    It is incredible that the artificial breeding program is working to help save our endangered species. Hopefully the triplets will grow up to be strong and healthy. Grow tiny pandas, grow!

  • hopew-Bea
    11/21/2014 - 01:05 p.m.

    Pandas are China's unofficial mascot because that is where most of the pandas live. Pandas are most associated with China when people think of them. China is also focusing on repopulating pandas with the breeding programs. They are going through a lot of research to make sure that it works. The pandas mean a lot to the people in China.

Take the Quiz Leave a comment
ADVERTISEMENT