Panda gives birth at Madrid zoo

AFP-JIJI

A giant panda that is already a mother of twins gave birth again Friday in a Madrid zoo, welcoming the tiny new arrival with licks, zoo officials said.

The mother panda, Hua Zui Ba, delivered the cub at the Zoo Aquarium de Madrid after a gestation lasting 131 days. Hua Zui Ba first gave birth in 2010 to twins Po and De De, both of which were taken in May to China’s Chengdu province to be released eventually into their natural habitat.