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Panda cub survives critical period


12:58, July 24, 2013

A newborn panda cub born in Chengdu in southwest China, has made it through the dangerous period immediately after birth.(Photo/ CNTV)

A newborn panda cub born in Chengdu in southwest China, has made it through the dangerous period immediately after birth.

This little panda named "Mengmeng" was born on a rainy night two weeks ago. She’s the second cub to be born to her twenty-year old mother and the first cub born at the Chengdu Giant Panda Base this year.

Infant mortality is high among giant pandas, particularly in the first three days after birth. Newborns need 24-hour care to ensure stable body temperature, essential nutrition and protection from disease.

There are currently five other expectant female giant pandas at the Chengdu Base and they’ll be ready to give birth next month.

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