On June 16, 2018, the giant panda Kelin successfully gave birth to a male cub, weighing in at 161g, at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Both the mother and baby are doing well. Matching the flurry of goals in the World Cup, pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding are also tallying up the births and keeping their population on the steady incline!
Panda Kelin’s water broke at 12:20 p.m. on June 16 and gave birth to her offspring at 5:53 p.m. on the same day, undergoing a long period of labor. According to its keeper, the cub is big and is always quick to voice his concerns. Kelin embraces her maternal instincts, holding her child and comforting him with licks.
Kelin became a global sensation after the segment Panda Watches Porn went viral. In 2013, Kelin and a male panda named Yongyong tried to mate as nature intended. However, Kelin’s inexperience meant all of Yongyong’s courtship attempts bore no fruit. Then, workers at the Chengdu Panda Base played a video illustrating the mating process. Surprisingly, Kelin learned to mate, becoming a worldwide sensation and a much-anticipated “star panda”. At the end of 2013, the photo Chengdu Panda Kelin Watching Porn Video was selected as a “Most Surprising” photo of the year by the Time because of its value to science popularization and making headlines. In 2015, Kelin was the first in the world to give birth to twins that year before other expectant panda moms. Later, the Base solicited names for the World’s First Newborn Twin Pandas in 2015. At long last, the twins were named Olympia and Fuwa, coincidently posted by Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, implying that the Olympic spirit is firmly rooted and developing vigorously in China, bringing greater joy and happiness to the Chinese people. Therefore, the Chengdu pandas were linked together with the Olympic Games. The World Cup is taking place now, and the pandas have also given birth to baby pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding since June to acclaim the World Cup.
The pandas of Chengdu have forged bonds with such world-class sports events as the Olympic Games, Asian Games, and World Cup for years, and it is hoped that, just like the most highly anticipated sporting events of all kinds, the pandas can draw the attention of the world, can be well protected, and, most importantly, can grow to be healthy like athletes.