Giant panda twins born in SW China

CNC report from Sichuan
Added On June 24, 2013

A female giant panda has given birth to panda twins in southwest China's Sichuan Province, the first pair ever born globally this year.

According the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda at the Wolong Nature Reserve, a panda named Haizi gave birth to the two cubs on Saturday afternoon.

The mother has yet to release the first cub from her embrace as of Monday.

But staff said it should be a healthy cub, given its large size and the  sounds it has been making.
  
The second cub is a female.
  
Haizi became pregnant in March and began to exhibit prenatal behavior in late May.
  
Most giant pandas are not good breeders when in in captivity.

Pandas are known for being sexually inactive and cubs are often born between July and September.