|Supplied photo shows one of the newborn twin cubs kept in an incubator on June 23, 2021. "I was relieved when Shin Shin picked up her baby," Yutaka Fukuda, director of the zoo, told a press conference. "I was surprised and truly happy when the second one was born." (Photo courtesy of Ueno Zoological Gardens via Kyodo)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] In Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens on Wednesday, two giant panda cubs were born, the metropolitan government said, making it the first time that twin cubs were born at Japan's oldest zoo, Kyodo reported.
Shin Shin 15, the Mother panda gave birth early Wednesday to the twins, whose sex remains unknown, the zoo added. Mother and cubs appear to be in good health, but as it’s rare for a panda to nurture two cubs at the same time, one of the twins has been put in an incubator so it can be cared for by zookeepers. That cub weighs 124 grams, according to the zoo. Shin Shin and her 15-year-old mate, Ri Ri, are also parents to a 4-year-old female, Xiang Xiang. The pair, on loan from China, also had a cub in July 2012, but the cub died six days after its birth due to pneumonia.
The news of the twins' birth helped share prices of restaurant chains in the Ueno area soar, while Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato welcomed it, calling the birth "very positive." In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, "We are all very happy to hear the good news," adding, "Giant panda is China's national treasure and business card."