It’s always big news when a giant panda gives birth — and it’s doubly big news when they give birth to twins.
Adult female panda Mei Xiang at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. has given birth to twins, who represent the newest additions to the family of giant pandas that live there, and so far they appear healthy, according to an ABC News report.
The cubs were born hours apart, with one weighing 132.4 grams and the other 86.3 grams. They appear healthy at this point, but scientists say their true chances of survival won’t be known until later, when they are old enough to start walking.
However, veterinarians are optimistic about their health.
It’s not uncommon for pandas to give twins, which happens about 50 percent of the time. It’s the third time it’s happened in the United States.<