The giant panda is the ‘coccolosa’, known to all for long time on the abyss of extinction. After several years of conservation of the species, the panda is no longer in serious danger and, as a proof of this, we witness a happy event. Recently, two lovely puppies of giant panda were born at the Madrid Zoo.
The giant panda has been definitively downgraded from “at risk species” to “vulnerable” in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This allows to “exclude” from species at serious risk of extinction.
The new birth took place at the Aquarium Zoo in Madrid, by a pair of giant pandas hosted by the structure. The father answers to the name of Bing Xing, while the mother is Hua Zui Ba and has given birth, after a labor of more than four hours, two beautiful puppies, of which the sex is not yet known.
According to the zoo • The newborns will be “totally dependent” on their mother for the first four months until they can walk alone, indicating the fragility of the pink baby children. The young will be raised by zoo vets, supported by the technicians of the Chengdu nature reserve in China, dedicated to the breeding of the giant panda.
The referents of the Madrid Zoo state that the happy event represents “a great contribution to the field of conservation of endangered species.”
The panda, in fact, have considerable reproductive difficulties, both in nature and in captivity. These impediments are due to a series of behavioural problems of affinity between partners and to the well-known clumsiness of the species, also linked to the dynamics of mating (of which you can find an example in a film showing for the first time the courtship between two panda But when they succeed, as in this case, there is a considerable enthusiasm among the workers, especially when the puppies are two.
A further complication in the mating of the species lies in the fact that the heat of the females is concentrated in a very short time span, which consists of just two days per year.
The new birth, therefore, represents a further step towards the safeguard of this species which, although declassed to the state of ‘vulnerable’, has a number of just 2000 specimens in the world.