Three more giant pandas have been born in China, bringing the total number of new arrivals of the endangered species this year to at least 19 . The three were born at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center in the Situan province.
Eight-year-old Chengji, whose name means “achievement” in Chinese, gave birth to twins this past Saturday. They were named Yingying and Nini.
Another 18-year-old panda gave birth to her 12th baby on Sunday as well.
Giant pandas, one of the most endangered species in the world, are notoriously difficult breeders as their young are very susceptible to disease and the panda’s bamboo-based milk is very poor in nutrients.
Chinese experts say there are nearly 1,600 pandas living in the wild in China, mostly in Sichuan and neighbouring Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. Another 180 pandas are being raised in captivity in China.