The birth of a new baby is always good news. Especially when it comes to an endangered species. New births are a sign of hope for the survival of endangered species.
Recently, a female giant panda gave birth to beautiful twins, which was hailed as a major conservation victory for the species.
The male and female twins, born Tuesday at the panda research center, aim to help protect the panda population by breeding in captivity, according to the Associated Press.
The mother, Qin, was conceived by artificial insemination and the father is unknown. This is the second set of twins, with another birth in 2020.
At this time of year, the newborns are so small, pink and blind that they are hardly recognizable as giant pandas. According to National Geographic, newborn pandas weigh only 1/900th their mother’s weight, making them one of the smallest newborns compared to their mother.
However, pandas are said to grow well because their mother takes good care of them. One day they will grow up to be the iconic black and white animals we know and love.
Giant pandas have a very low reproductive rate due to their short breeding interval, with females only having 36 hours per year to produce cubs.
This low fertility, coupled with habitat loss and climate change, has long made it one of the most vulnerable species in the world. Although it is not endangered thanks to conservation measures, it remains endangered.
Breeding in captivity is therefore a very important and difficult task. Many captive giant pandas have been released into the wild, while others live in zoos and sanctuaries, according to The Associated Press.
In China, this is seen as a sign of progress, although the twins pose an ongoing threat as wildfires caused by high temperatures continue to destroy their habitat and threaten farmland.