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Rare giant panda baby born at Vienna Zoo

Published 08/08/2016

A panda at a zoo in Austria has given birth
A panda at a zoo in Austria has given birth

Vienna Zoo is celebrating the birth of a rare giant panda.

The baby bear was born Sunday to mother Yang Yang and father Long Hui. It is their fourth cub, after Fu Long, Fu Hu and Fu Bao.

In a statement issued on Monday, the zoo said its newest addition was just 10cm (4 inches) long and weighed 100 grams (3.5 ounces) at birth.

A spokeswoman for Tiergarten Schoenbrunn, the zoo's official name, said the panda will be named after 100 days.

Johanna Bukovsky said no other European zoo had managed to successfully breed giant pandas by natural means.

The zoo noted that about 40% of giant pandas do not survive the first year.

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