Research center shows off tiny panda twins

CHENGDU, China (NBC/CCTV VIA APTN) — A giant panda research center in China showed off twin cubs.

The mother, named Yaxing, gave birth to the twins, a female and male, Monday morning at the Chengdu Research Center.

They’re the first panda twins to have been born this year at the Center. The female weighed five ounces and the male four ounces.

The name of the father is Yongyong.

Some 49 cubs were born last year in China, with 42 surviving — a record for giant panda breeding in the country.

The number of captive-bred pandas around the world rose to 376 last year.

It’s estimated about 1,600 pandas live in the wild. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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