Days after giving birth, giant panda wows Vienna zoo with twins

Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:58am EDT
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VIENNA (Reuters) - Giant panda Yang Yang gave birth nine days ago and CCTV monitoring at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo did not show her secret until late last week - she had not one but two cubs keeping warm between her massive paws.

Pictures and video footage from the zoo showed the two tiny pink cubs resting on Yang Yang's chest as she lay on her back.

"It sounded as though two cubs were squealing, but we only ever saw one," zoo director, Dagmar Schratter, said in a statement on Tuesday. "On Friday, the zookeepers were first able to make out two of them on the screen."

Yang Yang is being monitored by cameras in a private pen so as not to disturb her and panda cubs are rarely seen because their mothers constantly warm them between their paws.

Yang Yang has given birth to three other cubs, all of which are now in China.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Giant panda Yang Yang and her twin cubs, which were born on August 7, 2016, are seen in this still frame taken from surveillance camera footage dated August 15, 2016 and released on August 16, 2016, in a breeding box inside their enclosure at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria. Schoenbrunn Zoo/Handout via REUTERS