“True miracle” panda cub born
A giant panda, named Hao Hao, from a zoo in Belgium has given birth to a male cub.
The staff at the zoo called it a ‘’true miracle” because when pandas are in captivity they struggle to reproduce.
The name Hao Hao means ‘kindly’. The panda held the cub in her mouth to protect it and clean it. The cub was squealing straight after being born and was described as a “little pink sausage”. The little panda who has not yet got a name weighs just 171g (6oz).
Giant pandas are bears that are native to China. There are only about 1600 giant pandas that live in the wild and around 100 in zoos around the world. Giant pandas are distinguished from other types of pandas because of their large size and black and white colouring.
They are not called giant pandas for no reason; they are called that because they can grow up to 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 metres) tall. They weigh up to 300 lbs (136 kilograms) which is about the same as an American black bear. However, their distant relatives, red bears, are only around 20 to 26 inches (50 to 65cm) tall and weigh 12 to 20 lbs (5.4 to 9 kg).
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