July 6th, 2010
11:55 AM ET

China panda abandons twin, crushes other


Panda are among the world's most endangered species. There are only about 1,600 left in the world.

A panda at the Beijing Zoo accidentally crushed her new cub to death after abandoning its twin, Chinese media reported on Tuesday.

Eight-year-old Yinghua gave birth to female twin cubs on Friday but the mother nursed only one of them, the zoo's deputy president, Zhang Jinguo, told the China Daily newspaper.

“Mother pandas are always like that. Twins are rare and all mothers take only the first cub as their own,” Zhang was quoted as saying.

The abandoned cub was sent away to a giant panda research and breeding base in the southwestern Sichuan Province.

Soon after tragedy struck, the mother panda crushed the remaining cub. The new mother, still clumsy and inexperienced, accidentally squashed her cub to death in a corner of the pen in the early hours Saturday, a zoo worker was quoted as saying.

“She had heard the cub crying for milk, and hurriedly turned her giant body around to nurse it,” he said.

Zhang told China Daily it was the first such tragedy at the Beijing Zoo, where seven giant pandas lived in captivity. “Pandas have poor eyesight. Yinghua apparently didn't see the cub.”

With only about 1,600 giant pandas around the world, they are among the world's most endangered species.

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  1. C. Darwin

    Please stop misquoting me on the Theory of Natural Selection. Man is the top predator. Should he celebrate the extinction of all species less intelligent than himself? or only those he doesn't eat?

    July 6, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CC

    It's too bad some of the idiots posting comments regarding this poor animal aren't susceptible to extinction. Your idiotic and cruel comments just show that there are many human beings who have the intellectual capacity of a tree limb. The animals we share this planet with are not here for our amusement, and as the supposed superior beings we should be caring for and protecting other species rather than celebrating their demise.

    July 7, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Diana

      I wholeheartedly agree. I have come to believe that some people live to post/spread negativity wherever and whenever they can. What a miserable lot the human race has become.

      July 7, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michelle

    Why can't we just let these stupid things die off? They obviously have chosen themselves for extinction, so let them have it!
    They won't mate, care for their young and they insist on eating all the wrong foods. And they are just plain mean. 😛

    July 7, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      If stupidity is a legitimate reason for letting something die off, you're in real trouble.

      July 7, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Loralee

    this is why they would be extinct w/o our help.

    July 7, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. JK

    Well the people in China will be having panda for dinner tonight.

    July 7, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. evelia

    Poor thing - I know the feeling. When I was a kid, I picked up and demanded to sleep with one of my dog's week old pubs. Turns out I rolled over it in my sleep, killing the little guy. 😦 Accidentally smothering/crushing babies sucks! My thoughts will be with you, panda bear.

    July 7, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
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