Panda Baby Boom Hits China

Nov. 14, 2006 — China is enjoying a giant panda baby boom, thanks to the nation’s artificial breeding program, with a record 27 surviving cubs born so far this year.

A total of 30 pandas were born in China this year through artificial insemination, including 11 sets of twins, Zhang Zhihe, director of the China Giant Panda Breeding Technical Committee told Xinhua news agency on Tuesday.

Although three died shortly after being born, the number of new pandas this year is the most since Chinese biologists began artificially breeding the endangered species in 1960, the report said.

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