Surprise! Giant panda produces twins at Vienna Zoo

2016-08-16 12:03
In this grab taken from video provided by the Schoenbrunn Zoo Yang Yang the panda cradles one of her new cubs. (AP)

In this grab taken from video provided by the Schoenbrunn Zoo Yang Yang the panda cradles one of her new cubs. (AP)

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Vienna - It turns out that the giant panda that gave birth at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo last week was hiding a tiny little secret - an extra cub.

The zoo originally announced the birth of one cub on August 7.

On Tuesday it said mother Yang Yang actually bore twins, her fourth and fifth cubs after Fu Long, Fu Hu and Fu Bao.

The fact that it took a while to discover the second cub is not surprising. The birth was observed by camera only. And new-born pandas are tiny: the zoo said its latest addition was just 10 cm long and weighed 100 g.

The Schoenbrunn Zoo says no other European zoo has managed to breed giant pandas by natural means.

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