In many cases, animal births in captivity are the result of human intervention – especially in endangered species, like the giant panda.
Despite this, two naturally-conceived twin pandas have been born in a Vienna zoo.
To quote Jurassic Park’s Dr. Ian Malcolm: “Life finds a way.”
For an endangered species to give birth from natural conception in captivity is rare – for said offspring to be twins is exceptionally so, say researchers. The furless, bright-pink twin pandas measure about 15 centimeters in length. The zoo reports that although 50% of newborn pandas do not survive, the tiny twins are healthy and doing well.
An online video posted by the zoo shows the mother coddling her young in her powerful front legs, lying on her back as she feeds them. And yes, in case you were wondering, you can see this adorable video here.
According to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, giant pandas are originally from the mountain ranges of central China. They once lived in lowland areas, but human activity – farming, forest clearing, and other land development – have pushed them further up into the mountains. On all four legs, giant pandas stand two to three feet tall, and can reach up to six feet in length.