Now that Lun Lun of Zoo Atlanta has had twins the zoo staff and veteriarians are working insync with Lun to ensure that both cubs will survive. The update from yesterday is very interesting as Dr. Snyder recalls her work with the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and the Chengdu Zoo who first developed a way to swap out cubs with the mother.
Friday, July 19
Both cubs continue to do really well. They have both surpassed their birth weights and we are really happy about that. Lun Lun continues to do really well with the cub swaps too. She is spending more time resting near the window we reach through to remove the cub. So, that makes it easier. She is also more interested in the sugar cane we offer her for the cub. Sometimes when she is not near the window, we can call to her and she will move over. But sometimes she is sleeping and it takes longer to get her in position to do the swap. There have been a few times when the cub in the incubator has been really hungry and calling loudly, but Lun Lun is sleeping soundly with the other cub. In those cases, we have sometimes had to reach in and pat her or scratch her to wake her up. She has been remarkably tolerant of all this.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals