Zoo Berlin’s Twin Pandas Pit and Paule Turn 1: They ‘Have Grown Very Dear to Us’
This panda duo is growing up so fast! On Monday, twin brother pandas Pit and Paule turned one, celebrating at their Zoo Berlin home with a giant beetroot-juice ice cake with carrot candles and bamboo bunting. The twins have packed on more than 150 times their birth weights.
Twin giant pandas Paule and Pit celebrated their first birthday at the Berlin Zoo in Germany on August 31
When they were born, Paule and Pit each weighed less than half a pound, and now they’re more than 60 pounds. It is rare for panda twins to both survive after birth, making Pit and Paule an unusual pair.
Mei Xiang, the 22-year-old giant panda, gave birth to the cub on Friday at 6:35 p.m., according to the National Zoo.
“Giant pandas are an international symbol of endangered wildlife and hope, and with the birth of this precious cub we are thrilled to offer the world a much-needed moment of pure joy,” Steve Monfort, the John and Adrienne Mars director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, said in a statement. “Because Mei Xiang is of advanced maternal age, we knew the chances of her having a cub were slim. However, we wanted to give her one more opportunity to contribute to her species’ survival.”
Photo courtesy Zoo Berlin and Karen Bleier