Lucky 8: Belgian wildlife park welcomes baby giant pandas

Lucky 8: Belgian wildlife park welcomes baby giant pandas

A Belgian wildlife park is proudly showing off newborn giant panda twins.

Pairi Daiza said Hao Hao, a panda loaned to the park by China in 2014, has given birth to “two little ‘pink shrimps’ that are in good health and that she is taking care of with extraordinary maternal love”.

Hao Hao holds one of her twin babies (Pairi Daiza Zoo/AP)
Hao Hao holds one of her twin babies (Pairi Daiza Zoo/AP)

The twins were born on Thursday, the eighth day of the eighth month, and the park notes that the number eight is considered lucky in Chinese culture.

They are the second and third pandas delivered at the park, following the birth of Tian Bao in June 2016.

The pandas in their cot (Pairi Daiza Zoo/AP)
The pandas in their cot (Pairi Daiza Zoo/AP)

Eric Domb, head of the park in Brugelette, said it is “marvellous news for this extraordinary, but today still threatened, species”.

- Press Association

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