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Panda sets record with sixth cub

A 20-year-old giant panda has given birth at San Diego Zoo, and set a record.

Officials at the zoo said it is the sixth cub born to Bai Yun, the most at a breeding facility outside of China.

Zookeepers and researchers watched the birth via a closed circuit camera mounted inside the birthing den.

In a blog post, zoo officials said Bai Yun immediately scooped the cub into her arms and comforted the newborn.

Because of Bai Yun's advanced age, the pregnancy was considered high risk, but zookeepers said mother and baby are doing fine.

The sex of the cub will not be known for several months.

It will be a while before Bai Yun and the new cub are on display but the public can glimpse them on the Panda Cam at the zoo's website.


From Belfast Telegraph