Giant panda loaned to France by China gives birth to twins

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Huan Huan, a giant panda loaned to France by China, gave birth on Monday to twin cubs described as 'magnificent' by the director of the Zoo-Parc de Beauval in central France where she and the father, Yuan Zi, are kept. 

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Huan Huan, a giant panda on loan to France, gave birth to twin cubs very early Monday, reports FRANCE 24.

The twins, born around 1am, are Huan Huan and her partner Yuan Zi's third cubs after the first panda ever born in France, Yuan Meng, in 2017.

"The two babies are pink. They are perfectly healthy. They look big enough. They are magnificent," said Rodolphe Delord, president of Zoo-Parc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan, central France.

Panda reproduction, in captivity or in the wild, is notoriously difficult as experts say few pandas get in the mood or even know what to do when they do. 

Further complicating matters, the window for conception is small since female pandas are in heat only once a year for about 24-48 hours.

Read more of this report from FRANCE 24.

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