The world’s lightest giant panda has been born in Chengdu, Sichuan province.
According to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a fema
le cub about the weight of an average chicken egg was born in the base on Tuesday.
Chengda, an eight-year-old female panda, gave birth to two female cubs that day.
“At 2:41 pm, Chengda gave birth to a female cub that weighed 171.9 gram
s. At 6:08 pm, it gave birth to the other female cub that weighed 42.8 grams, fewer than one
-quarter of the weight of its elder sister, and measuring only two-thirds as long, ” said base chief Zhang Zhihe.
Before Tuesday, the world’s lightest panda cub was Wuyi, a male pa
nda weighing 51 grams when it was born on Aug 7, 2006, in the Chengdu base.
Thanks to milk from two female pandas, Wuyi, whose name means 51 in Chinese, gained weight and by October he was as heavy as his peers.