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Giant panda cub is born at Vienna zoo

August 25, 2010 |  1:39 pm

PandaGiant panda mother Yang Yang is nothing if not consistent.

Three years to the day from the birth of Fu Long, her last cub, Yang Yang gave birth Monday at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo to a cub keepers describe as healthy.

The cub, whose sex isn't yet known, weighs about 3.5 ounces and measures just 4 to 5 inches in length. Like all giant panda newborns, it's pink, has very little hair and won't reach its cute pinnacle for a few months yet.

Yang Yang and the cub's father, Long Hui, arrived in Vienna in 2003 through a loan agreement with China. Fu Long, their older son, returned to China in 2009 at the age of 2.

Fu Long now lives at the Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan Province, along with Tai Shan, another male giant panda who was born at the National Zoo in Washington.

The newborn cub is also expected to be moved to China when it's old enough, probably in about two years. In accordance with Chinese tradition, it won't receive a name until it's 100 days old.

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: A still image from a monitoring camera shows Yang Yang holding her newborn cub inside a birth box at the Schoenbrunn Zoo on Sunday. Credit: Reuters

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