Sex of Giant panda born in Austria determined

13:07, September 23, 2010      

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The newly born Giant panda cub had been identified as a male, Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo said Wednesday.

Giant panda mother Yang Yang, currently living in the Zoo, gave birth to a second cub on August 23. Since then, the mother and the cub had been kept isolated in a specially prepared box.

Through close observance, the zoo found the cub left the arms of the mother for the first time and could determine the sex of the cub, giant pander breeder Eveline Dungl told the media.

The baby panda now weighed an estimated 1.2 kg, and measured about 15 cm, the breeder said, adding the cub looked in good health and showed vitality.

Yang Yang conceived the cub after mating with Long Hui, another panda at Schoenbrunn Zoo. The cub's name will be given by online voting in Austria on several choices suggested by Chinese side.

Under an agreement signed by China and Austria, Long Hui and Yang Yang were loaned to Austria in March, 2003.

In 2007, the couple gave the birth to Fu Long. In accordance with the agreements, Fu Long was returned to China in September, 2009, after reaching the age of two. The new born giant panda will be also returned to China at the age of two.

Source: Xinhua


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