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Vienna Zoo Welcomes The Birth Of Rare Giant Panda

First Posted: Aug 09, 2016 05:31 AM EDT
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Mother Yang Yang and father Long Hui celebrates the birth of their rare giant panda offspring in Vienna Zoo or the Schonbrunn Zoo in Austria. It was born on Sunday and the fourth cub among Yang Yang other offspring named Fu Long, Fu Hu and Fu Bao.

According to BBC, Yang Yang conceived naturally. This is very rare as most panda breeding turns to artificial insemination. Johanna Bukovsky explained that no other European zoo had succeeded to breed giant pandas by natural means. The new giant panda is about 10 centimeters (4 inches) long and weighs about 100 grams (3.5 ounces). The zoo official stated that the baby panda will be named after 100 days. Its sex has not known yet.

Dagmar Schratter, the zoo director said that Yang Yang is taking good care of her offspring, but one must bear in mind that the mortality rate of giant pandas in their first year is almost 40 percent. The other offspring of Yang Yang are now in China. They are about 1,864 that live in the wild.

A giant panda is also referred to as panda or panda bear, which is native to south central China. It has large distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears and across its body. The diet of the giant panda is about 99 percent bamboo. On the other hand, the giant pandas that live in the wild eat grasses, meat in the form of birds, wild tubers, rodents or carrion.

Meanwhile, the Schonbrunn Zoo or also termed as Vienna Zoo is situated on the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. It was founded in 1752 and considered the oldest zoo in the world.

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