First Surviving Panda Triplets Born

    Newborn giant panda triplets, which were born to giant panda Juxiao (not pictured), are seen inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province August 9, 2014. According to local media, this is the fourth set of giant panda triplets born with the help of artificial insemination procedures in China, and the birth is seen as a miracle due to the low reproduction rate of giant pandas. Picture taken August 9, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTR422T6

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    Finally, some good news. On Tuesday, a Chinese zoo revealed that one of its pandas had successfully given birth to the world’s first surviving panda triplets. Guangzhou’s Chimelong Safari Park showed off the infant panda trio to the public on Tuesday, since the babies and mother are well enough to nurse. Juxiao gave birth to the triplets on July 29, but was so exhausted that she was unable to care for them at the time. After weeks in incubators, the triplets have returned to Juxiao. “It was a miracle for us and [the births] exceeded our expectations,” said safari park director Doug Guixin. “It’s been 15 days. They have lived longer than any other triplets so far.” An official from Sichuan Wolong National Nature Reserve said pandas are only considered surviving if they have lived at least six months, but these recent additions are “For now indeed the only surviving triplets.”

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