|You start up there, Mama. I'll meet you in the middle!|
The Zoo's male panda, Da Mao, may or may not be the father, as Er Shun was inseminated with sperm from three giant pandas to ensure the best chance of conception. At some point in the future, before they reach breeding age, the Chinese panda researchers will run genetic testing to determine paternity, but for now it doesn't matter, so the cubs will be spared those tests. What matters is that they are healthy, and that this breeding was successful.
|Da Mao is pretty chill about it all.|
The cubs are on limited view this week, but starting March 12 they will be in the panda exhibit and available for viewing by all Zoo visitors daily during operating hours. Since next week is March Break around here, I guarantee you there will be line-ups, so bring your patience. The pandas will be on view until 6pm, but access to the line-up for entry will be cut off at 4:30pm, to make sure everyone in line gets a chance to see these cuties. Believe me, the wait will be worth it :)
To read more about Jia Panpan & Jia Yueyue, visit http://www.torontozoo.com/GiantPandaCubs. All the updates, photos, and videos are kept there, along with an FAQ and conservation information.