The Schönbrunn Zoo in Austria welcomed its newest members on August 16, 2016…when it was only expecting one! The actual birth took place on August 7th, but because the Pandas are left alone during events like this to lessen their stress, the birth was recorded by camera from an aerial view in her nest. The zookeepers rely on natural breeding to give these panda cubs and moms their best shot at survival, so it made sense that the camera wasn’t able to clearly capture every moment of the birth.
But the sounds of multiple squeaks from the supposedly-only cub had her handlers suspicious, so they took a closer look at what was going on in the nest.
Panda mama, Yang Yang, keeps her cubs hidden from view and won’t bring them into the larger area until they are around 4 months old. The zookeepers are still monitoring the cubs closely as at this point, they have a 50/50 chance at survival.Because of these odds, they have opted to delay naming the cubs until they are 100 days old, following Chinese tradition.
Newborn pandas are very small, and it is understandable that no one spotted the cubs until 9 days later. Yang Yang does her best to keep the cubs close to her to keep them warm, and the cubs are only 15 centimeters long.
We hope that Yang Yang and her cubs have a long and happy life! They are just too cute!
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