Nineteen-year-old female giant panda Qing Qing tightly holds her newly born baby in Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province Sept. 9, 2003. Since she first gave birth to a baby panda in 1989, Qing Qing has produced 13 babies in nine births, including four twins, setting a world record in reproduction. (Xinhua)
i got really excited about this report, and the following:
"BEIJING, Sept. 10 Kyodo
A 19-year-old giant panda kept at a breeding center in Sichuan Province on Tuesday gave birth to her 13th baby, setting the world record in reproduction, Xinhua News Agency said.
The giant panda, Qing Qing, is expected to give birth to another baby shortly, according to Yu Jianqiu, vice director of the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center. Experts believe Qing Qing was carrying twins. Since first giving birth in 1989, Qing Qing has produced 13 babies in nine births, Xinhua said. Qing Qing's mother gave birth to more than 10 babies and one of Qing Qing's children, now 13 years old, has produced nine babies. The giant panda, found in the wild in southwest China, is one of the world's most endangered species. Currently, about 1,000 giant panda are found in the wild and 140 are kept in zoos or in breeding centers."
it was only as i was posting that i realised the story is four years old! pandas still rool, though :-)