Yuan Yuan gives birth to second cub at Taipei Zoo

Yuanzai becomes sister. (Courtesy of Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taiwan’s giant panda Yuan Yuan gave birth for the second time on Sunday, 7 years after the birth of Yuanzai, Taipei Zoo(臺北市立動物園) announced Sunday.

The veterinarians noticed that Yuan Yuan’s water broke at 8:58 a.m. After 5 hours of hard labor, Yuan Yuan finally gave birth at 1:53 p.m. 

Taiwan’s giant panda Yuan Yuan gave birth for the second time on Sunday. (Courtesy of Facebook/Taipei Zoo)
Yuan Yuan gives birth to second cub at Taipei Zoo. (Courtesy of Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

One of Taipei Zoo’s spokesman, Eric Hsien-Shao(曹先紹), said that Yuan Yuan’s pregnancy was hard to navigate, but recently, caretakers noticed Yuan Yuan’s tendency to eat less and to pick at bamboo leaves. 

It was not until her water broke that the caretakers realized she was about to give birth. 

According to Shao, Yuan Yuan has been artificially inseminated every year since 2015 to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.

Taiwan’s giant panda Yuan Yuan gave birth for the second time on Sunday. (Courtesy of Facebook/Taipei Zoo)

When giant pandas are inseminated, however, pregnancy is often delayed so the zoo was never entirely sure about Yuan Yuan’s pregnancy. 

After her successful labor and delivery, caretakers at the zoo were extremely happy.

Following the delivery of her cub, Yuan Yuan will be receiving more nutrition in her diet and the caretakers will be giving her postpartum medical care. 

Currently, Taiwan’s Giant Panda Association and Chinese Wildlife Protection Society are observing the cub closely online.