Berlin Tierpark’s twin panda cubs Meng Xiang and Meng Yuan were filmed being bottle-fed by zoo staff on Tuesday, over a week after they made their public debut on January 29.
The cubs, now weighing eleven kilograms (24 pounds), could be seen drinking from a bottle before cuddling up to the zookeeper.
Despite nearly half of all panda litters consisting of twins, panda mothers generally only raise one child. Aiming to increase Meng Xiang and Meng Yuan’s chances for survival, the endangered bears were alternatively kept in an incubator to help them grow strong, as well as to support their young mother Meng Meng during the first months.
Meng Xiang and Meng Yuan, known as Pit and Paule among zoo workers and veterinarians, are the first pandas to be born in Berlin’s Tierpark.