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Panda Cao Cao-The First Wild-Bred Panda

On the 29th, the reporter learned from China’s Giant Panda Conservation Research Center that the wild-bred panda “Cao Cao” successfully gave birth to a pair of heterosexual twins at the Wolong Hetaoping Wilding Training Base. This is the first time that twins have been born since the implementation of the giant panda wild introduction project.

According to the person in charge of the Wolong Hetaoping Base of the China Giant Panda Conservation Research Center, in the morning of July 25, “Cao Cao” showed obvious prenatal behaviors such as frequent walking and irritability. After 13:00, the amniotic fluid of Cao Cao leaked and at 13:35, Cao Cao gave birth to a cub. According to preliminary identification by experts, the first cub was a male and weighed 215 grams. The second cub was female and weighed 84 grams.

At present, the condition of the two cubs is rather stable. The first cub is nurtured by Cao Cao, and the second cub has been transferred to the Wolong Shenshuping base for artificial breeding by panda experts based in China’s Giant Panda Conservation Research Center. After the wild introduction experiment of giant pandas in 2017, the wild introduction of captive giant pandas has achieved another important stage.

Cao Cao is a female giant panda rescued from the wild by the China Giant Panda Conservation and Research Center in 2002. She is currently 16 years old. Previously, Cao Cao had bred 5 fetuses and 7 cubs, of which two were twins, including the first panda introduced to the wild, Tao Tao.  

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