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Chinese Experts Successfully Assisted France-based Chinese Giant Panda Huan Huan in Delivering Twin Cubs
 

At 7:05 and 7:10 (Beijing time) a.m. on August 2, 2021, the Chinese giant panda Huan Huan from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (hereinafter referred to as the Panda Base) successfully gave birth to twin cubs in France, with birth weights of 149g and 128.8g, respectively. Currently, both the mother and cubs are safe and healthy.

At the end of March this year, Huan Huan entered its estrus period. Taking into account the severe epidemic occurring in Europe at that time and recommendations from relevant leaders and experts from the Panda Base, and coming to a resolution with experts from the Zoo Parc de Beauval, the expert team of the Panda Base conducted online guidance, and wildlife reproductive medicine experts and their teams from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, provided on-site assistance to mate the giant panda Huan Huan in cooperation with experts from Zoo Parc de Beauval. On March 21, carefully guided by the expert team from the Panda Base, wildlife reproductive medicine experts from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, Huan Huan was successfully inseminated.

On July 23, experts from Zoo Parc de Beauval conducted a B-ultrasound to check on Huan Huan’s pregnancy and confirmed that it had successfully conceived two panda babies. After discussions with the Zoo, the Panda Base sent two cub rearing experts to France to assist them in all manner of cub rearing work while maintaining individual epidemic prevention and control measures. On July 28, the two Chinese experts successfully arrived in France.

In 2012, Huan Huan, which was born in 2008, alongside Yuan Zi born in the same year, flew to the Zoo Parc de Beauval, France, kicking off their 10-year stint abroad. On August 4, 2017, Huan Huan gave birth to Yuan Meng, the first giant panda born in France. French President Macron and his wife went to the Zoo to visit the giant panda family.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Panda Base has conducted close exchanges with zoos in many countries around the world over the Internet, and offered guidance on the lives, breeding, and epidemic prevention and control of giant pandas living abroad. Thanks to these efforts, the Panda Base has not only ensured that the daily lives of giant pandas living abroad is free from the epidemic, but also successfully helped giant pandas in Japan and France give birth to their cubs, promoting international cooperation on giant pandas.