Surprise! Giant panda produces twins at Vienna Zoo [PHOTOS]

The Schoenbrunn Zoo says no other European zoo has managed to breed giant pandas by natural means

Yang Yang with cubs August 15, 2016 Photo Credit: Schönbrunn Zoo (Vienna Zoo), used with permission by WJTV

VIENNA (AP) – The giant panda that gave birth at Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Zoo last week was hiding a tiny little secret – an extra cub.

The zoo originally announced the birth of a one cub Aug. 7. On Tuesday it said mother Yang Yang actually bore twins, her fourth and fifth cubs after Fu Long, Fu Hu and Fu Bao.

Yang Yang with cubs August 15, 2016 Photo Credit: Schönbrunn Zoo (Vienna Zoo), used with permission by WJTV
Yang Yang with cubs August 15, 2016 Photo Credit: Schönbrunn Zoo (Vienna Zoo), used with permission by WJTV

 

The fact that it took a while to discover the second cub is not surprising. The birth was observed by camera only. And newborn pandas are tiny: The cub whose birth was announced last week was just 10 centimeters (4 inches) long and weighed 100 grams (3.5 ounces).

Pictured below in this file photo, Long Hui is the father of the panda cubs:

Giant panda Long Hui sleeps in tree, Schoenbrunn Zoo, Vienna, Austria, Photo: AP Photo / AP Images
Giant panda Long Hui sleeps in tree, Schoenbrunn Zoo, Vienna, Austria, Photo: AP Photo / AP Images

 

The Schoenbrunn Zoo says no other European zoo has managed to breed giant pandas by natural means.

 

 

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