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Giant panda gives birth to twins in China (VIDEO)


Giant pandas Bai Yun and her 9-month-old offspring, Su Lin, celebrate Mother's Day at the San Diego Zoo with a flurry of snow on May 14, 2006 in San Diego, California.


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A rare giant panda gave birth to twins in China on Saturday evening, the first of the endangered species to be born in the world this year.

The pair was born to a panda named Haizi at the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan province. The first cub arrived at 4:54 p.m. local time and the second arrived 10 minutes later.

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The gender of the first baby that was born has yet to be determined and it also hasn't been weighed because its mother is still holding it in her arms. The second is female and weighs 79.2 grams (just under three ounces).

Haizi became pregnant after mating with male pandas Bai Yang and Yi Bao in March.

Female giant pandas are only fertile for two or three days a year, making it difficult for the animals to breed. Fewer than 1,600 remain in the wild, mainly in Sichuan, and around 300 live in captivity around the world.