Giant Panda Surprises Zoo with Twin Cubs
JULY 17, 2013Ariella Weintraub, Good Morning America While the world awaits the birth of the youngest heir to the British throne, Zoo Atlanta was on a different kind of baby watch: Panda baby watch.
A 15-year-old giant panda named Lun Lun gave birth Monday to a cub, according to zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines. But two minutes later, as Lun Lun cuddled her cub, something unexpected happen. Lun Lun gave birth to a second panda.
An ultrasound last month determined that Lun Lun was pregnant with a cub, but the zoo didn't see the second one.
The second birth marked the first-ever twin panda births at Zoo Atlanta, Hines said. Zookeepers weren't immediately sure of the genders but the combined weight of the cubs is 8.6 ounces. The newborns are the first giant pandas to be born in the United States in 2013 and the first twins to be born in the country since 1987, according to the zoo.Read more: