US-born panda gives birth to eighth cub

Sep 17, 2010
Hua Mei, the first overseas-born giant panda to return to China, is pictured in 2004. Hua Mei gave birth to her eighth cub Friday, a rare feat for the endangered species, which has been notoriously difficult to breed, Chinese state press reported.

A giant panda born in the United States gave birth to her eighth cub Friday, a rare feat for the endangered species, which has been notoriously difficult to breed, Chinese state press reported.

Hua Mei, born at the in August 1999, gave birth to a male cub at the Wolong preserve in southwest China's Sichuan province, the News Service said.

All of Hua Mei's cubs -- three sets of twins and two single cubs -- have been born since the panda returned to China from the United States in 2004, it said.

According to most loan agreements, the offspring of pandas loaned by China to zoos around the world belong to China.

After her seventh cub was born last year, Hua Mei -- whose name means "China-America" -- was named a "heroic mother," the report said.

Hua Mei, which means "China-America," was currently busy nursing her latest cub, which was in good health and active, it said.

Giant are the world's most , with about 1,600 living in the wild and over 300 bred in captivity at zoos. They have a notoriously low libido, which has frustrated efforts to boost their numbers.

According to Xinhua news agency, Friday's birth was the 16th at Wolong this year, with more expected before year's end.

Explore further: Male monkey filmed caring for dying mate (w/ Video)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

San Diego Zoo panda gives birth to 5th cub

Aug 05, 2009

(AP) -- Prized San Diego Zoo panda Bai Yun gave birth Wednesday to her fifth cub after a 130-day pregnancy that zookeepers said ended with an apparently pleasant labor.

China announces first panda from frozen sperm

Jul 24, 2009

(AP) -- China announced the first successful birth of a panda cub from artificial insemination using frozen sperm, giving a new option for the famously unfertile endangered species, officials said Friday.

Recommended for you

Male monkey filmed caring for dying mate (w/ Video)

Apr 18, 2014

(Phys.org) —The incident was captured by Dr Bruna Bezerra and colleagues in the Atlantic Forest in the Northeast of Brazil.  Dr Bezerra is a Research Associate at the University of Bristol and a Professor ...

Orchid named after UC Riverside researcher

Apr 17, 2014

One day about eight years ago, Katia Silvera, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Riverside, and her father were on a field trip in a mountainous area in central Panama when they stumbled ...

In sex-reversed cave insects, females have the penises

Apr 17, 2014

Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 17 have discovered little-known cave insects with rather novel sex lives. The Brazilian insects, which represent four distinct but re ...

Fear of the cuckoo mafia

Apr 17, 2014

If a restaurant owner fails to pay the protection money demanded of him, he can expect his premises to be trashed. Warnings like these are seldom required, however, as fear of the consequences is enough to ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

Biologists help solve fungi mysteries

(Phys.org) —A new genetic analysis revealing the previously unknown biodiversity and distribution of thousands of fungi in North America might also reveal a previously underappreciated contributor to climate ...

Making graphene in your kitchen

Graphene has been touted as a wonder material—the world's thinnest substance, but super-strong. Now scientists say it is so easy to make you could produce some in your kitchen.