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article imageMadrid Zoo-Aquarium celebrates arrival of giant panda cub (video)

By Anne Sewell     Sep 2, 2013 in World
Madrid - Giant panda Hua Zui Ba, already the mother of twins Po and De De, has given birth again to a tiny new arrival at the Zoo-Aquarium in Madrid, Spain.
Digital Journal recently reported that Madrid Zoo-Aquarium had reason to believe that the resident female giant panda, Hua Zui Ba, might be pregnant again. At that stage, more tests were required to confirm their suspicions.
Now it is a definite fact, as Hua Zui Ba gave birth on Friday at 3.45 pm after 131 days gestation period,
The tiny panda was welcomed with affection by her mother, who "took the tiny creature onto her lap within seconds of its birth, licking and protecting it constantly while the veterinary team looked on with emotion," according to the zoo.
Madrid s Zoo-Aquarium welcomes a new panda cub as Hua Zui Ba gave birth again on August 30  2013.
Madrid's Zoo-Aquarium welcomes a new panda cub as Hua Zui Ba gave birth again on August 30, 2013.
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The little pink cub, lightly covered in white hair, "cried loudly" on its arrival, the zoo said.
The latest arrival is the fourth panda to be born at the zoo. The first was Chulin, born in 1982. Then Hua Zui Ba gave birth to twins Po and De De in 2010 , both of which were taken in May to China's Chengdu province to be released into their natural habitat.
Two officials of the Chengdu Panda Base attended the latest birth along with the Zoo-Aquarium Madrid's technical and veterinary teams.
The cub was checked by veterinarians on Saturday, as can be seen in the video, and all is well. However the zoo says that he or she will not be shown to the public for "a few months."
The video above shows the cub being examined by the veterinarians, followed by scenes of Hua Zui Ba with her new baby.
Below is a video about Po and De De as they flew out of the country in May to the Chengdu Panda Base in China:
Pandas are reluctant to breed in captivity, and even in the wild pandas are becoming scarce.
Currently there are less than 1,600 pandas in the wild, mainly in China's Sichuan province, with a further 300 pandas kept in captivity around the world.
Giant panda  twins Po  and De-De  born September 7  2010. Madrid Zoo Aquarium.
Giant panda twins Po and De-De, born September 7, 2010. Madrid Zoo Aquarium.
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