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    Zoo Atlanta-UPDATE Lun Lun the giant panda has twins!

    Lun Lun the giant panda has been confirmed to be expecting a cub. On August 16, the Zoo Atlanta Veterinary Team obtained an ultrasound image of a fetus measuring 0.78 centimeter (a third of an inch), and supporting hormone analyses and monitoring of Lun Lun’s behavior suggest that a birth could take place within three weeks. Beginning on Monday, August 22, the Animal Management and Veterinary Teams will begin 24-hour monitoring of Lun Lun as she nests in her off-exhibit den in The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Giant Panda Conservation Center.

    The teams remain optimistic that the newest addition to the Zoo Atlanta giant panda program is on the way; however, there is still no certainty of an impending birth. Fetal reabsorption is not uncommon in giant pandas, so the possibility remains that the pregnancy could fail. Because of the difficulty in obtaining ultrasounds of Lun Lun’s entire uterus, there is also no certainty that there is not more than one fetus present.

    Lun Lun was artificially inseminated on March 28, 2016. Since that time, the teams have continued to review hormone analyses conducted by David Kersey, PhD, an expert in giant panda endocrinology from Western University of Health Sciences. The Veterinary Team will continue to pursue regular ultrasounds, but as ultrasound participation is voluntary for Lun Lun, there is no guarantee of additional ultrasounds before a birth takes place.

    Giant pandas represent Zoo Atlanta’s most significant financial investment in conservation. Fewer than 1,900 giant pandas are estimated to remain in the wild in China’s Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, and more than 1,200 of these live inside nature reserves. Support from Zoo Atlanta benefits wild giant pandas living on eight of these reserves.

    A new cub, which would be the first giant panda born in the U.S. in 2016, would be the sixth for 18-year-old Lun Lun and 18-year-old male Yang Yang. The pair’s first, second and third offspring, Mei Lan, Xi Lan and Po, now reside at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. Their fourth and fifth, 3-year-old females Mei Lun and Mei Huan, reside at Zoo Atlanta and are the only twin giant pandas in the U.S.


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    I am so excited!
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    Zoo Atlanta Live Panda Cam


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    If this is not the link for birthwatch starting Aug. 22, I will post the new link when it is up and running.
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    Today @ZooATL announced their 18 y/o female giant panda Lun Lun is pregnant with her 6th cub.



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    Ultrasound pic.
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    Awwww,a new baby ,thats great news.

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    Oooooh, so exciting!!

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    I have been checking the panda cam, Lun Lun is in the birthing den but nothing yet.

    Zoo Keepers are monitoring her around the clock for signs of an impeding birth. It could be hours, days or weeks...lol
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    (CNN)Panda-monium: It's twins, again!
    Giant panda Lun Lun, who has been at the Atlanta zoo since 1999, is going to be a mom for the sixth and seventh time.

    An ultrasound conducted by the zoo's veterinary team Monday shows the presence of two fetuses, according to Rachel Davis, Zoo Atlanta director of communications. "We certainly hope she will give birth to twins," Davis said, but added, "fetal reabsorption is not uncommon in giant pandas, so there is always the possibility that the pregnancy could fail."

    A 24-hour birth watch began August 22 with a live panda cam streaming on the zoo's website. Lun Lun could give birth anytime in the next three weeks, the zoo said.

    With five other kids, Lun Lun is no stranger to the birth watch. Siblings Mei Lan, Xi Lan, Po, and twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan were born between 2006 and 2013. The twin giant pandas are still at the zoo. The three other siblings live at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, Davis said.




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    Here's hoping and praying that all goes well with the twins and mama Lun Lun!
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    Lun Lun has been nest-building quite a lot during this pregnancy. She brings bamboo from an adjacent den into her nest box and breaks it up and shreds it. Sometimes she pulls the bamboo on top of herself as she gets comfortable in her nest box. She hasn't made a huge nest yet like she did three years ago, but the frequency of the behavior has increased this time around. During her first three pregnancies, Lun Lun did not nest-build at all. She may have pulled the odd piece of bamboo into her nest box, but she left the pieces whole. It is interesting that Lun Lun has honed her nest-building skills when she is pregnant with twins, but I do not have an explanation for her behavior.

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    Lun Lun's water broke!

    I have to go to bed, darn it, have to get up at 3:30am for work.
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    Keepers are standing by, you can see them right outside the bars. #lunlunbabywatch16


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    Very slight re adjustment to get comfortable. Keepers came over for a closer look. #lunlunbabywatch16
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    One hour into baby watch and Lun Lun is fast asleep, only shifting once in a while.
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    Lun Lun


    #LunLunBabyWatch16 This was a perfect view 5 minutes ago.


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    Looks like she's getting ready to have those cubs !

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    Still no little cubbies yet.
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    WE HAVE A BABY!!!!!!


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    Saturday, September 3

    Exciting news! Cub One arrived at 7:20 a.m., followed by Cub Two at 8:07 a.m., on September 3!
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    Last edited by mykittysmama; 09-03-2016 at 04:50 PM.
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    Awwww,look how tiny they are.

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    Birth of cub A, so active, I love the baby squawking!
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    I'm in love!!! (again )

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    Sunday, September 4

    We have officially entered Day 2, and the cubs are doing well. We breathe a little easier after the first 72 hours. Not to say that they are not still very fragile, but the first 72 hours are very critical for establishing good nursing with Lun Lun. At this point, we are looking for positive weight gain, normal feces and urination when cubs are stimulated to go, and that Lun Lun is feeling good, producing a good milk supply, and is starting to eat and drink well.

    The addition of two brand new, state of the art incubators from the Dräger company has been so amazing! We are able to control the temperature and humidity to within one-tenth of a degree (%), which is very important for these babies. We are forever grateful for this donation!

    The cub swaps are going very well also. Lun Lun has “been there and done that," and so have we, so we have established a great routine already and Lun Lun has been very accommodating. We are swapping the cubs every two hours to make sure that they each get enough mom time, but if one seems hungry before the two-hour mark and we have confirmed that the other cub has nursed (determined by very close observations done by our nursery keepers), we may swap a little sooner also. During the swap, each cub is weighed, checked to make sure it appears hydrated and pink, and checked to see if it has to go to the bathroom. Once the cub that just left Lun Lun is settled into the incubator, the cub that has been in the other incubator is returned to Lun Lun. This all happens pretty quickly, and while the veterinarians and Chinese colleagues are working with the cubs, our dedicated keepers are making sure Lun Lun gets a chance to eat and drink. Pandas will not take care of their own needs very well during this neonatal stage, so we help her out and she has been doing very well. That's all for now -- take care and watch us on PandaCam!
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    Monday, September 5

    Panda cub update for Day 3! The cubs and Lun Lun continue to do well. It’s been three years since the last time I took care of panda cubs, and let me tell you, I’m still amazed at how tiny they are when they’re born. Another thing that amazes me is the set of pipes those little cubs have. Their vocalizations can be very, very soft, or if they’re hungry enough, very loud. Let me tell you, they will let you know when they are hungry. Lun Lun, like always, is such an awesome mom! After now having had seven cubs, she always amazes me with how her motherly instincts go right into effect about taking care of those little cubs.

    Stay tuned to find out more of how the twins are doing, in the next adventures of PandaLand!
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    Tuesday, September 6

    Cub update for September 6: We’ve made it past the critical 72 hours, and the cubs are just about back at their birth weights. Much like humans, and many other mammals, newborns lose weight right after birth and then slowly gain it back. One of the behaviors that I’ve found very interesting is the way Lun Lun breathes on the cubs to keep them warm. Since giant pandas are used to colder air temperatures, mother giant pandas will exhale, or pant, on the cub to circulate the warm air around them. Sometimes it can look concerning as she is panting with her head down, but this is all to help care for her tiny cubs.
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    Wednesday, September 7

    Because Lun Lun keeps the cubs so close and covered, it can be difficult to see them on PandaCam. We’re spending a majority of our day listening for cub sounds and watching for quick peeks of the cubs in between swaps. We're also able to get a good look at Lun Lun’s great maternal care.

    As we expected, the panda cubs have both lost a little weight since birth. This is 100% normal and is very similar to weight loss seen in human newborns. It can take a few days or so to gain that weight back, and we fully expect the cubs to reach (and even surpass) those weights sometime today. They have been nursing well and gaining weight well. We have also noticed slight darkening around the cubs' eyes, ears, and shoulders. This is also normal as the cubs begin to develop their panda pigmentation. The cubs are right on track!
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    The cubs have both surpassed their birth weights. They continue to grow and develop every day. As Heather mentioned in a previous post, Lun Lun is an excellent mother. This is my first time as the nursery keeper, so seeing up close how she is with these two is amazing. I was able to see sneak peeks with Po and the Meis when they were older, but to see how she handles something so small and delicate is incredible.

    For those who don't know, today is dad Yang Yang's 19th birthday. This goofy boy – excuse me, man -- holds a special place in many keepers' hearts. He may be the pickiest eater at times, but his antics and personality more than make up for it. At times he is a drama king and other times he is a model panda. He can be a social butterfly or only want to focus on food. He's a nearly 300-pound chicken but we love him for it. He’ll be receiving his usual ice cake and decorated boxes this afternoon, so hopefully some of you can celebrate with us.
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    Check out all of Yang's birthday treats!








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    Happy birthday, papa bear! Yang Yang turns 19 today.


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