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长隆野生动物园大熊猫产下三胞胎

更新时间:2014-8-13 12:42:02 来源:华尔街日报中文网 作者:佚名

Panda Triplets Born in China
长隆野生动物园大熊猫产下三胞胎

It was a big news day in the panda world.

近日,大熊猫世界频频传出好消息。

Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park announced Tuesday that a set of panda triplets was born late last month, the same day that the Edinburgh Zoo announced that one of its pandas is believed to be pregnant.

广州长隆野生动物世界周二宣布,上个月底一只雌性大熊猫在该园产下三胞胎。同一天,爱丁堡动物园(Edinburgh Zoo)称,该园的一只大熊猫据信怀孕了。

The panda cubs, born on July 29 in southern China's Guangzhou to a mother called Juxiao, are the world's only panda triplets currently in existence, the safari park said, as triplets have a very low survival rate. The park called their birth a 'miracle,' citing advances in panda breeding technology.

长隆野生动物世界称,此次出生的三胞胎是世界上目前存活的仅有的大熊猫三胞胎,因为大熊猫三胞胎的存活率很低。它们是7月29日在广州出生的,妈妈名叫菊笑。该园称,它们的出生是一个奇迹,称这要归功于大熊猫繁育技术的进步。

The hoopla surrounding the panda cubs comes because the animals, notoriously uninterested in sex and famously choosy about mates, only have a window of several days to conceive each year. As of 2004, there were only about 1,600 pandas believed to be left in the wild.

大熊猫三胞胎的诞生引发了轰动,这是因为大熊猫对性非常不感兴趣,对配偶非常挑剔,每年只有几天的时间适合受孕。截至2004年,野生大熊猫据信只有大约1,600只。

Of course, the triplets aren't out of the woods yet. According to the Associated Press, 26% of male panda cubs and 20% of females die within their first year.

当然,三胞胎尚未度过危险期。据美联社(Associated Press)报道,有26%的雄性大熊猫幼崽和20%的雌性幼崽在出生后一年内死亡。

According to the San Diego Zoo, panda cubs usually open their eyes at around 50 to 60 days and begin crawling by about 10 weeks. The zoo also notes that sometimes pandas can become pregnant with more than one cub but only give birth to one, as their bodies reabsorb the other embryos.

据圣迭戈动物园(San Diego Zoo)说,大熊猫幼崽通常在出生50至60天后睁眼,大约10周后开始爬。该动物园还指出,有时候大熊猫可能怀多胎,但只会生一个,因为它们的身体会吸收其他胚胎。

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