Meng Meng The Giant Panda’s Twins Celebrate Their First Birthday
Meng Meng the panda twins have celebrated their first birthday at their home in Berlin Zoo.
Paule and Pit turned one on Monday, August 31, and marked the momentous occasion with a cake made by the zookeepers from apples, sweet potatoes and beetroot. It featured carrots for candles, and was decorated with bamboo.
It’s reportedly very rare for both panda twins to survive, making Paule and Pit’s first birthday all that more special.
Take a look at the adorable duo enjoying their birthday cake:
The two pandas now weigh more than 150 times their birth weight, currently tipping the scales at 60 pounds after both being born weighing less than half a pound.
As per a Berlin Zoo press release, it describes the twins as transforming from ‘tiny wriggling pink babies into big strong bears’.
There are only 1,864 adult giant pandas living in their natural habitat worldwide, and so are classed as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List. With this in mind, it makes births like Paule and Pit’s massively important to giant pandas’ conservation.
Berlin Zoo is the only zoo in Germany to hold giant pandas, and welcomed the twins’ mother and father, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, to the zoo family back in 2017. The two are on loan from China – pandas are sacred there, and all the world’s pandas remain the property of the country.
As with all panda cubs, Paule and Pit will spend four years with their mother after birth. After this time, they will head to China together.
Happy birthday, Paule and Pit!
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