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September 20, 2018

Huge panda gives birth to twins and doesn't realize she’s raising both

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A panda named Lee Lee gave birth to twin cubs, but due to the high mortality rate, zookeepers have to trick Lee Lee in raising both babies. 

The video was shared on BBC Earth and is narrated by Davi Attenborough. It has been viewed more than 8 million times! Attenborough explains that it is common for pandas to give birth to twins, but one cub will inevitably die. 

But thanks to the zookeepers switching the cubs out – up to ten times a day – Lee Lee is none the wiser and both twins get to benefit from her love and mother's milk. As can be seen in the image below, the zookeeper distracts Lee Lee with a bowl of honey water. She then gently removes the cub and takes it to the incubator.

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It swaps places with its a twin and will stay in the incubator for a few hours while the other twin gets to spend some quality time with the doting Lee Lee. The panda mom is very protective of her cub and distracting her takes tremendous effort and patience from the zookeeper. 

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According to Attenborough, panda moms don't have enough milk or energy to care for both, and this way, both babies get to survive even if they have to spend 50 percent of their time in an incubator and live on formula milk. 

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Before we show you the adorable video, take a quick look at this account of a mother who gave birth to her second set of twins. 

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Her husband was determined to document the entire delivery from arriving at the hospital, to announcing to his family members that they are two boys richer. He captured this beautiful moment towards the end of the video when the nurses who helped his wife during her delivery gasped and covered their mouths when they heard the babies cry. 

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The couple's first set of twins was born in 2012 and their second set of twins two years later. They also have an older daughter. 

Here are both videos. Which one do you like the most? 

1. PANDA TWINS

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2. 2ND SET OF TWINS

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