Meng Meng and her cubs are said to be doing fine, but zoo authorities don't want to announce the babies' genders, as it's easy to get them wrong in the early stages. At any rate, the births are a major breakthrough for the zoo's breeding program.
After several fruitless attempts, Berlin is celebrating its first ever panda birth. The mother, Meng Meng, and her two new cubs are doing well, the zoo director has revealed.
The panda twins born two weeks ago are showing first signs of how they'll look once they mature. Berlin Zoo has played down a newspaper poll suggesting they be named "Hong" and "Kong" in solidarity with protests there.
Meng Meng, a female giant panda, is expecting at least one cub, the Berlin Zoo announced, saying it was "overjoyed" with the news. Meng Meng's cub would be the first baby panda to be born in Germany.
Unable to determine the gender of two newborn panda cubs, zoologists in Berlin have called on Chinese experts for help. Nearly a month old, the cubs spend their time eating, sleeping and cuddling with their mom.
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