The baby panda twins – who are still unnamed – are seen getting to know each other while their panda mum enjoys some peace and quiet at Berlin Zoo.
The panda twins who were born on 31st August 2019 at Berlin Zoo are now two months old.
Their mum, ‘Meng Meng’ is eating bamboo shoots and juicy apples, just a couple of meters away whilst her two babies spend time together.
To those who are inexperienced, the twins look very similar, but to the zookeepers, they are now easily distinguishable.
Norbert Zahmel, District Head, says “The difference is the few little white tufts of fur on the hind legs of the firstborn one.”
The twins are now approaching a weight of 3kgs and beginning to start crawling. With the help of the strong claws they have developed, they are able to pull themselves and their full bellies a few inches forwards now showing the strength they have acquired.
Shortly after their initial meet, the second born baby panda went back to its mummy Panda, where it was lovingly cuddled.
Their nine-year-old dad ‘Jiao Qing’ has not been involved in the cubs’ rearing which is normal for giant pandas.
The mummy panda gave birth to the twins on 31st August and they weighed just 186 (6.6) and 136 grammes (4.8 ounces).
According to the last census of the worldwide population, around 1,864 adult pandas are believed to be living in their natural habitat. Therefore, the panda is classified as endangered on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Berlin Zoo pays an annual rental fee for the rare pandas and all the money goes towards their conservation as well as breeding programmes.
Meng Meng and Jiao Qing are reportedly sponsored by Berliner Volksbank.
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