First Panda Cubs Born in Canada Welcomed at Toronto Zoo

First Panda Cubs Born in Canada Welcomed at Toronto Zoo

Er Shun Panda Cubs
Two giant panda cubs were born at the Toronto Zoo on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. (TORONTO ZOO / TWITTER)

Let’s all collectively give one giant awwwww.

“Er Shun,” one of two giant pandas on loan from China, has given birth to two cubs at the Toronto Zoo.

The zoo tweeted Tuesday that the first panda cub arrived at 3:44 a.m. ET. The two appear to be healthy and doing well, weighing 187.7 grams and 115 grams.

“Zoo staff & giant panda experts are monitoring Er Shun and cubs 24/7 as the next few days and weeks are critical,” the zoo said.

The zoo’s other panda, a male named Da Mao, was given the opportunity for a “natural insemination,” but the two bears didn’t hit it off. Er Shun was inseminated without surgery with frozen sperm taken from Da Mao through a process called “electro-ejaculation.”

Er Shun and Da Mao arrived from China in 2013 and are slated to move to the Calgary Zoo in 2018.


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