Madrid zoo welcomes twin giant panda cubs

The pair, whose sex is yet to be determined, are the fifth and sixth cubs of Madrid's female panda Hua Zui Ba and her partner Bing Xing, the zoo said.

After four hours of labor, the first cub was born around 8:30 a.m., while the second followed four hours later in what the zoo described as a "peaceful" birth.

Two technicians from China's Chengdu panda breeding base will assist local veterinarians in checking the health of the newborns, who will be totally dependent on their mother for the first four months of their life.

In July, Chinese conservationists announced they no longer considered the charismatic herbivores to be an endangered species, upgrading their status a notch to vulnerable.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature made a similar change to its classification in 2016.

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