This Is What A Newborn Panda Looks Like (Photos)

| by Zara Zhi
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A loveable baby panda was born May 6 at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province, China.

A web page featuring photos and a live stream of the mother giving birth received more than 620,000 page views, according to the Daily Mail.

People’s Daily Online released pictures of the adorable panda pup. It weighs 5 ounces and is being cared for in an incubator by workers at the center.

The baby’s mother, Ai Bang, was born in Japan in December 2006, and is no stranger to the limelight. In 2014, staff believed Ai Bang was pregnant, but later found out the cunning panda had been faking the pregnancy in order to receive more food and a nicer enclosure, according to China Daily.

Pregnant pandas at the breeding center in Sichuan are usually moved to single rooms with air conditioning and given continuous care.

"They also receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some clever pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life," said Wu Kongju, a staff member at the base.

Ai Bang was undergoing a diminished appetite, decreased mobility and a rise in hormones when her first pregnancy was detected. 

When a baby panda is first born, the cub is blind, toothless and pink. It usually only weights about a fifth of a pound -- on average, an adult male panda weighs around 220 pounds.

After 30 days, the cub's fur is fully developed and starts to show the distinctive black and white coloring most people associate with pandas.

When the cub is approximately 75 days old, it starts to crawl and play with its mother and other pandas, according to Daily Mail.

Giant panda babies are extremely rare because the reproductive cycle of the females lasts for only two to three days a year. Once the female becomes impregnated, her gestation period lasts for 95 to 160 days.

When the bears are in captivity, the male pandas are inclined to lose their sex drive. To ensure artificial insemination is successful, scientists give the bears Viagra and show them “panda porn” -- videos of other pandas having intercourse.

The baby panda has not been given a name yet.

Sources: China Daily, Daily Mail / Photo credit:’s Daily Online

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