Artificially-bred giant panda born in China

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A baby giant panda in Shaanxi province
A baby giant panda in Shaanxi province, China. (Source: Wartabuana)

China, IO – An artificially-bred Qinling giant panda cub was born at a breeding center in Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

A giant panda named An’an gave birth to a 132.8-gram female cub at the Qinling Giant Panda Research Center, Antara reported on Thursday (22/9).

In August, two other pandas — Yongyong and Qinqin — at the same center also gave birth to twins, a male and female.

This means that this year the center has witnessed the birth of five artificially bred cubs which increased the number of Qinling giant pandas in captivity to 41.

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The Qinling giant panda is a subspecies of the giant panda that was first recognized in 2005. This subspecies has several special characteristics. They have smaller, rounder skulls, shorter snouts, and less hair than the better-known Sichuan subspecies.

Shaanxi started artificially breeding the Qinling giant panda in the 1980s and has built a mature artificial breeding technology system. (un)