At 9:35 on the morning of 11th June, the giant panda “Chengda” in the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base had her amniotic fluid leaked, and she was having signs of labor.
On the same day at 14:41, a female giant panda cub was born, with a weight of 171.9g. In the evening, at 18:08, another young cub was born, weighing 42.8g, and it’s a female. This is the second birth of Chengda. It is worth mentioning that this panda cub is even lighter than the world’s previous lightest, living panda cub “Wu Yi”.
On 11th June, the panda cub born by the giant panda “Chengda” weighed a few grams lighter than “Wu Yi”. Her weight is considered as extremely low.
When the cub was born, the experts and breeders present were both nervous and surprised, as she weighed only a quarter of the normal panda cubs, and was less than two-thirds of her sister. When they put the twin sisters together, they immediately see the difference in size.
At present, the base has sent the most experienced group of cub-raising experts to carefully feed and monitor the cub for 24 hours per day. As the cub is too small, she’s unable to be breastfed. Researchers of the base tried to squeeze the colostrum from her mother, and they artificially supplemented the milk, monitored their breathing, mental state and feces at any time.
Although there are relatively stable signs of life at present, there are still many uncertain factors in this panda cub that’s extremely light. Nurses and veterinarians of the base are going to apply their rich experienced accumulated in the field of panda-breeding over the years, and they hope to create another miracle of life.
As of November 2018, the Panda Base has bred 188 fetuses of giant pandas, and 284 cubs were born. At present, there are still 195 cubs that are alive. The survival rate of cubs has reached 98%.
The Base has also successfully bred the world’s lightest cub “Wu Yi”. The team has diligently promoted technical research and created many world firsts in the field of giant panda breeding (such as the survival of the first twins, the first panda going through estrus in Autumn and giving birth in Winter, and the first mother feeding her twins at the same time. It has also made the world’s lightest panda cub survive).
The Base has become a professional protection institution with strong comprehensive strength, scientific and technological achievements and outstanding breeding achievements in the field of captive protection of giant pandas. Until present, the Base has successfully bred 2 fetuses and 3 panda cubs this year.