French zoo works to keep alive panda cub after its twin died

In this photo dated Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, provided by Beauval zoo, a veterinarian holds a cub born to the panda Huan Huan at the Zoo Parc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France. A giant panda in a French zoo has given birth to twins, the first-ever panda birth in France, but one died soon after childbirth. The Beauval Zoo southwest of Paris said panda Huan Huan bore twins late Friday night but despite efforts by panda experts from China to care for the firstborn, it did not survive. (Zoo Parc de Beauval via AP)

PARIS (AP) — Chinese giant panda experts and French zookeepers are working to ensure a panda cub's survival after its twin died during the first-ever birth of the rare animal in France.

Images released Saturday by the Beauval Zoo south of Paris show mother Huan Huan enveloping the cub and zoo handlers feeding it in an incubator with a small bottle.

The pink, hairless male weighing 142 grams (five ounces) is tiny compared to its 86-kilogram (190-pound) mother. She bore twins Friday, but the firstborn was too weak to survive. Huan Huan and partner Yuan Zi are on a 10-year loan from China.

Panda births are closely watched because they remain rare — there are only about 1,800 pandas in the wild in China and about 400 in captivity worldwide.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off