Squee! Two little baby pandas were born at Zoo Atlanta! Yeah, they look more like tiny alien naked mole rats right now, but in a few more weeks, they'll start to look more... panda-like. Still, squee!
The blessed event occurred Monday around 6:20 pm., according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The mother, Lun Lun, was in labor for only 90 minutes, and according to the zoo's veterinarian, the cubs were "roughly the size of your eyeball" when they were born. Short labor, and babies a mere fraction of her body size? Human moms are super jealous right about now. Lun Lun is a champion panda mommy, as these are her fourth and fifth offspring. If it makes you feel better, moms, she was in labor for 36 hours with her first cub.
Dwight Lawson, the deputy director of Zoo Atlanta, told the AJC that the cubs appear healthy. Panda twins are not unheard of in the wild by any means, but there hasn't been a twin panda birth in the United States in the last 20 years. Lawson says, typically, in the wild, only one cub will survive because panda mothers have trouble caring for both. However, at Zoo Atlanta, the staff is working hard to give both cubs the chance at a long life. They're "switching off" the cubs, giving only one to Lun Lun at a time.
Congratulations, Lun Lun! The world needs more pandas.