Giant panda twins turn 1 month old
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Lun Lun’s bundles have begun to look like pandas – what’s next?
The giant panda twins born to Lun Lun on July 15 turn 1 month old this week, and fans can expect a number of exciting milestones over the coming weeks and months.
The cubs, who recently surpassed the 1-kilogram mark in weight, now have full coats and their species’ characteristic black markings – already a dramatic change from the pink, nearly hairless newborns who arrived last month. The cubs’ eyes will start to open when they are 35 to 50 days old. Their first baby teeth should erupt at around 75 days of age.
The Animal Management and Veterinary Teams continue to swap the cubs with Lun Lun every few hours; the five-time mother nurses and warms one cub while the other rests in an incubator. Since the births, the teams have benefited from the assistance of Deng Tao, a visiting colleague from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, in providing the cubs with 24-hour care.
Panda fans can have a personal stake in the newborns’ care. Visit the PandaCam page for ways to support the giant panda program at Zoo Atlanta, including an animal care wish list of items specifically related to the cubs’ day-to-day management.
Members and guests can expect to meet the duo in late fall. Panda fans can have a personal stake in the newborns’ care. Follow the cubs’ milestones on PandaCam presented by EarthCam on zooatlanta.org/pandacam and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. Visit zooatlanta.org to subscribe to exclusive photos and updates via Cub Confidential.