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Adorable giant panda at Madrid zoo gives birth to first female

AP
Published Aug 31, 2016, 7:00 pm IST
Updated Aug 31, 2016, 7:00 pm IST
The zoo said Hua Zui Ba gave birth just before dawn on Wednesday.
the   cub is well formed, very active and has excellent vital signs (Photo: AP)
 the cub is well formed, very active and has excellent vital signs (Photo: AP)

There's a new giant panda in Madrid, and it's the first female in the history of the Spanish capital's zoo.

The zoo said Hua Zui Ba gave birth just before dawn Wednesday to a cub weighing 180 grams (6.35 ounces). The zoo says the cub is "well formed, very active and has excellent vital signs."

 

It is already suckling, and zoo experts say they are confident of its progress in the crucial first week of life.

The specialists at the Madrid zoo were assisted by experts from China's Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding. They knew the birth was approaching when Hua Zui Ba became increasingly lethargic, stopped eating and began to lick her paws.

The Madrid zoo has now four giant pandas.

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