World's First Captive Giant Panda Cub of 2019 Born Healthy


At 1:22 am on June 5, 2019, Ji Li, a giant panda at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, gave birth to a female cub. The cub weighed 166.8 grams, and both mother and daughter suffered no complications.

Ji Li was born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on July 23, 2007. This is the second time Ji Li has given birth to a cub. Ji Li showed a strong maternal instinct, and the cub could suckle milk from its mother very smoothly after she was born.

The giant panda is a species with a keen sense of hearing and smell, but relatively weak eyesight. After birth, giant panda cubs will instinctively cry out to attract get their mother’s attention. These cries are the most direct way to tell whether newborn giant panda cubs are healthy and are louder than those let out by adult giant pandas. The Ji Li’s cub cried quite loud, is a bit plump, as well as the world's first captive giant panda born in 2019, so it is the veritable big sister among the giant pandas to be born in 2019.