Giant panda Yang Yang became mother to twins at the Tiergarten Schönbrunn zoo in Vienna.
Yang Yang holding her twins. AFP PHOTO / TIERGARTEN SCHOENBRUNN
The two baby pandas were born at the zoo on August 7, 2016.
Giant panda Xin Xin with her newborn cub. Pic/AFP
A giant panda Xin Xin gave birth to two male twin cubs on June 26 at the Giant Panda Pavilion in Coloane, Macau. Xin Xin and her mate Kai Kai were a gift from the mainland to the gambling enclave in 2014, arriving in 2015. (Read more)
Also in June, a giant panda on loan to Belgium from China gave birth to a cub, a rare event for the endangered species at the Paira Daiza zoologic park.
The panda named Hao Hao (pictured above) even posed for pictures while holding her cub in her mouth. (Read more)
Native to south central China, the giant panda (called by this name in order to distinguish it from the red panda - another panda subspecies) is easily recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body.
Although considered carnivorous, the giant panda's diet consists mainly of bamboo and those in the wild would occasionally eat other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion. Giant panda are fed honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, or bananas along with specially prepared food, while in captivity.
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