Birth of world's only giant panda triplets caught on camera
A giant panda has given birth to the world's only known surviving set of panda triplets, a southern Chinese zoo said today.
According to the announcement by the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangdong province, the panda, named Juxia,o gave birth to the cubs, which were naturally conceived at the zoo on July 29th.
Surveillance footage provided by the zoo showed Juxiao giving birth to the cubs and licking them one by one.
The triplets, now in incubators, are being monitored around the clock by expert carertakers, the zoo said.
Docile giant pandas, native to the mountains and deep bamboo forests of southwestern China, are notoriously difficult to breed and births can be difficult.
Forty-nine pandas were born in China last year, but only 42 of them survived, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Globally, there are over 370 pandas which have been bred in captivity, while an estimated 1,600 pandas remain in the wild, Xinhua said.