New baby panda born at Vienna zoo
VIENNA (AFP) - The Vienna zoo on Thursday made a birth announcement: Yang Yang and her mate Long Hui are the proud parents of another baby panda, the third one born of natural conception.
The newborn arrived at 12.24pm Wednesday, his pink skin covered with a white down. He measures around 10cm and weighs about 100 grammes.
"No other European zoo has up to now succeeded in conceiving this animal species by natural means," the Schoenbrunn zoo said in a statement.
Other European zoos have relied on artificial insemination in efforts to propagate the endangered species. Female pandas have a very short period of fertility, just two or three days annually.