Giant Panda gives birth to rare twins

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UPDATE: 7:33 p.m. Baby pandas get their first vaccine.

The National Zoo’s Giant panda cub had a doctor check up today and did not appear to like it very much, just like her human baby counterparts.


The female cub was very upset and vocal.

She received her very first vaccine.

Veterinarians say the cub is almost another pound heavier since last Friday.

The cub weighs in at 6-point-73 pounds.


ATLANTA – On July 15, Lun Lun, a 15-year-old giant panda, gave birth to twins.

The first of the tiny duo arrived at 6:21 p.m., and its twin followed at 6:23 p.m.

The cubs are the first giant pandas to be born in the U.S. since 1987.

The panda cubs were officially named as the twins turned 100 days old today.

Zoo officials announced during this morning’s ceremony that the pandas will be called Mei Lun and Mei Huan.

The names originated from a Chinese idiom that means “something indescribably beautiful and magnificent.”

Mai Lun and Mai Huan are expected to make their public debut later this fall.

Watch the Pandas live here: