Conservation Center’s First Panda Birth Of The Year Caught On Camera

by Karen Ruffini
Karen is the News Editor for She loves to have adventures, and her camera acts as her fifth limb. Her best friends are novel characters, and she doesn't care if you think that's weird.

The miracle of life is something that’s so incredibly beautiful, and even more awe-inspiring when it’s captured on tape.

The first panda cub this year was born at the Bifengxia Panda Base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Ya’an City, China.

Proud first-time mom is 7-year-old Shuqin, who can be seen giving birth to her newborn baby girl, then immediately picking the cub up and cradling her in her arms.

The staff at the base took the cub to the nursery to ensure there were no complications, and confirmed that she was a healthy cub weighing just 156 grams, or 5 1/2 ounces.

Just like when this dolphin gave birth to her calf at the Chicago Aquarium, it is so humbling to witness the first few minutes of life, as well as the instantaneous bond between a mother and her child that transcends every breed and species.

We’re sure that Shuqin will be an amazing mother — just watching her with her new cub in the video, seeing how nurturing and tender she is to her little one is enough to know how much love she has for her baby already!

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