Two pairs of panda twins born on same day in China's Sichuan
Two giant pandas at a base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in southwest China's Sichuan Province gave birth to two pairs of twins on Saturday.

The giant pandas were both from the Shenshuping giant panda base in Wolong National Nature Reserve.

One giant panda, named "Zhen Zhen," gave birth to one cub at 6:44 p.m. and the second at 7:15 p.m., with the second cub being a male and weighing 120.7 grams.

Zhen Zhen was born in the San Diego zoo of the United States in 2007 and returned to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in 2010. In 2015, she gave birth to a pair of twins in the Bifengxia panda base in Ya'an of Sichuan.

The second giant panda, named "Su Shan," gave birth to one cub at 6:52 p.m. and the second at 7:34 p.m., with the second being a female and weighing 165.9 grams.
Su Shan was born in August 2011, with both of her parents coming from the wild. She gave birth to a cub in the Bifengxia panda base in 2016.

The first cubs of the two pairs are bred by their mothers and while the second ones are being taken care of by the center workers. They were all in good condition, said Li Guo, an expert with the Shenshuping giant panda base. 

Healthy twin giant panda cubs at Tokyo's Ueno zoo now weigh over 1 kg
Twin giant panda cubs that were born at Ueno zoo in Japan's capital in June now each weigh more than 1 kilogram.

Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo's Taito Ward has released the latest photos of the pandas. They have been growing healthily as they drink milk from their 16-year-old mother Shin Shin and milk formula.
According to the zoo, the male cub was 30 centimeters long and weighed 1,164 grams, while the female cub was 30.5 cm long and weighed 1,367 grams, as of July 26. They now both weigh about nine times more compared to when they were born on June 23. The zoo has been monitoring the pandas around the clock.

Giant panda in French zoo expecting twins

Huan Huan, a giant panda at Beauval Zoo in central France, is expecting twins and the birth of the cubs is scheduled for late July or early August, announced the zoo.

"A new ultrasound of Huan Huan, our female panda, performed today at the end of the afternoon, revealed the presence of a second baby panda!" said the zoo in its press release.

The second fetus measured 3.27 cm by 1.19 cm. The size of the first one, already seen on the first ultrasound image performed on Tuesday, more than doubled to 3.65 cm by 1.79 cm, it added.

Huan Huan, which means "happy" in Chinese, and her male pal Yuan Zi, were both born in Chengdu, China, and arrived in France in 2012 when they were three years old.

At the end of March, the two giant pandas tried to mate under the watchful eye of veterinarians and caretakers. Artificial insemination was also carried out as a precaution, as a female panda is fertile only 24 to 48 hours per year, said the zoo.

In 2017, Huan Huan gave birth to twin cubs, the first panda babies born in France. The first cub died shortly after its birth and the second one was named Yuan Meng, which means "the realization of a dream" in Chinese.

In the wild and at other zoos around the world, giant panda mothers give birth to twins about 50 percent of the time. However, due to the difficulty of caring for two cubs simultaneously, typically only one of the twins survives.

Giant panda newborns are even more helpless than most other mammal infants because they don't open their eyes until they are about six to eight weeks old and don't move around until about three months.
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Isabel Donates to the Pandas
Isabel is a Girl Scout that works independently as a Juliette. This year she really wanted to help the giant panda. We decided if she met her goal of selling 200 boxes of girl scout cookies that she would donate 25% of her earnings. We were not sure if she would be able to sell all 200 boxes considering we were in the middle of a pandemic, but she hustled, made fliers and asked any one willing to listen for support. As it turned out she not only met her goal, but surpassed it. 

Thank you Isabel for helping the pandas!

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