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Panda pair welcomes twins at U.S. zoo

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MIAMI, Florida: A giant panda gave birth to twins at an American zoo this week – the first panda double birth in the US in 26 years.

Mama Lun Lun and her cubs, which were delivered Monday, are doing well, according to Zoo Atlanta in the southern state of Georgia.

"We are fortunate that both were born a healthy weight and strong," the zoo said on its website, which boasts a "pandacam" which allows the public to get a glimpse of the happy family.

Lun Lun, who is 15 years old, was artificially inseminated and is described as a "fantastic mom."

The siblings are being supplemented with formula as zoo keepers attempt to swap them in and out of their mother's arms.

The proud papa is Yang Yang, also 15. Together, he and Lun Lun have three other offspring, including older brothers Xi Lan, 4, and Po, 2.

What's more, they are the first twins to be born in the United States since 1987, it said. Watch them at http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/panda_cam.AFP


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