The Moscow zoo showed a video with the first giant panda cub born in Russia. It weighs 150 grams, the sex of the animal is still unknown.
Parents – a six-year-old female Dindin and a seven-year-old male Louis – were delivered from Beijing to Moscow in 2019. The animals were donated in honor of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and China.
In a statement from the zoo, the birth of a giant panda cub was called a unique event both for Russia and for the global conservation community. Dingdin’s pregnancy, in addition to Russian specialists, was also observed by an expert from the Chinese Research Center for the Conservation of Giant Pandas.
The giant panda is one of the rarest animals in the world. In nature, they live in the bamboo forests of Central China. Until 2016, the giant panda was in the status of an endangered species. The status was then changed to vulnerable. About two thousand pandas live in the wild.
Beijing sends pandas to zoos around the world as a sign of friendship and cooperation with other states. Such actions of the PRC are informally called “panda diplomacy” or “panda diplomacy”. However, all animals, including those born outside the PRC, remain the property and may be recalled to China.
There are about 20 zoos around the world that keep pandas. Renting one animal costs approximately one million dollars a year.