CCTV plus, September 18, 2019
A captive giant panda Monday gave birth to a pair of twins at Tiantai Mountain in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, becoming the second giant panda to successfully deliver cubs after mating in the wild.
Qiao Qiao, a 10-year-old female panda, was rescued from the wild by China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas. In March this year, she was released back to the wild in Tiantai Mountain and mated with a wild male panda in early April.
The birth of the two baby pandas were welcomed by various experts and hailed as a great achievement in panda conservation.
“This success proves that this project of letting pandas mate in the wild worked. It plays a decisive role in improving the genetic diversity conservation and survival of captive pandas,” said Zhang Hemin, deputy head of China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas.