July 16 - A giant panda gives birth to twin cubs at an Atlanta zoo, the first set of twins born in the United States in 26 years. Elly Park reports.
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This is Lun Lun and her newborn cub.
It's actually the second cub that Lun Lun gave birth to on this day, an unprecedented event at Zoo Atlanta, and the first set of giant panda twins born in the United States since 1987.
Zoo staff was expecting a single birth and were thrilled by the extra bundle of joy.
Fifteen-year-old Lun Lun is a verteran mom, and has already had three babies here with her partner Yang Yang, both on loan from China.
While pandas do give birth to twins in the wild they are physically only able to raise one, and leave the second cub behind to perish.
But that of course will not happen here, and zoo staff will swap the cubs out so that Lun Lun can have a chance at successfully raising both.
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