- Title: Two baby pandas born at France's Beauval zoo
- Date: 2nd August 2021
- Summary: SAINT-AIGNAN, FRANCE (FILE - FEBRUARY 7, 2020) (REUTERS) TOP VIEW OF ZOO BEAUVAL ZOO ENTRANCE
- Embargoed: 16th August 2021 09:59
- Keywords: Beauval China France Huan Huan Panda animals diplomacy wildlife zoo
- Location: SAINT-AIGNAN, FRANCE
- City: SAINT-AIGNAN, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Environment,Europe,Nature/Wildlife
- Reuters ID: LVA002EOL6FD3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Beauval Zoo in central France welcomed the birth of two baby pandas early on Monday.
Female panda Huan Huan was cheered by zoo staff as they watched surveillance camera footage of her giving birth and later holding her babies.
Zoo head veterinarian Baptiste Mulot said the cubs seemed to be in good shape and said the birth was an "incredible moment."
Huan Huan and her partner Yuan Zi came to France on loan from China in 2012, and their arrival was hailed at the time as a sign of warming diplomatic ties between Paris and Beijing.
While an adult female panda can weigh up to 125 kilograms (275 pounds), a baby panda weighs barely 120 grams (4 ounces) at birth.
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