It's a boy! First baby panda born to captive mother and wild father

Source: Globaltimes.cn Published: 2017/8/1 17:59:56

Highlights: Cao Cao, a female panda bred in captivity who mated with a wild companion, has given birth to a baby, a first for China’s panda breeding programs aiming to the help diversify the population’s gene pool. Cao Cao, 15, gave birth to a male cub at the Wolong Hetaoping Wild Training Base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP), Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, at 2 am on July 31, 2017. It marks the successful completion of CCRCGP’s trial of breeding pandas in captivity with those in the wild.

  • A nurse carefully examines the physical conditions of the baby panda. Photo: Courtesy of Li Chuanyou/ China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda

  • The nurse cuts off the umbilical cord of the baby panda. Photo: Courtesy of Li Chuanyou/ China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda

  • The nurse identifies the baby’s gender as male. Photo: Courtesy of Li Chuanyou/ China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda

  • Cao Cao gives birth to her baby at 2 am on July 31, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of Li Chuanyou/ China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda

  • A worker assists in the birth of the baby panda and examines its conditions. Photo: Courtesy of Li Chuanyou/ China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda

  • Workers assisting in the birth take the baby panda away for medical examination. Photo: Courtesy of Li Chuanyou/ China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda

  • The Baby is weighed after its birth. Photo: Courtesy of Li Chuanyou/ China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda

  • Cao Cao walks around before giving birth. Photo: Courtesy of Li Chuanyou/ China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda

  • Cao Cao takes a rest before giving birth. Photo: Courtesy of Li Chuanyou/ China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda






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