Adventure World adds newborn to panda populace

Kyodo

A giant panda gave birth to twins at a theme park in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture but one was stillborn, the park’s operator said Saturday.

Rauhin, 11, gave birth to sisters Friday afternoon at Adventure World. The surviving cub, which weighs 167 grams and is 22 cm tall, brings Adventure World’s panda population to nine, making it the largest captive panda population outside of China.

The park confirmed that Rauhin mated with a 19-year-old male panda named Eimei between late March and early April.

Rauhin, born at the park in 2000, gave birth to twins in September 2008 and in 2010.