World gets first look at rare panda triplets

GUANGZHOU, China (NBC/APTN) — Three baby panda cubs were shown off to the world by a South China zoo Tuesday.

A 12-year-old giant panda named Ju Xiao gave birth to the triplets in July at the zoo.

The delivery for all three little ones took about three hours.

All of the cubs are in good health and are expected to survive. They weigh between 0.2 to 0.3 pounds.

One of the top giant panda experts in China said there’s only a 1 percent chance for a giant panda to give birth to triplets.

Keepers will learn the gender of the cubs in about a month.

There are only about 1,600 wild pandas in the world. 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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