Canada panda cubs doing well, moved to larger incubator: Zoo

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TORONTO (Reuters) -- The Toronto Zoo's twin giant panda cubs have been moved to a larger incubator and are doing very well, the zoo said on Friday in an update of the six-week old cubs, the first baby pandas born in Canada.

The zoo released a new video and photos of the cubs, who are seen side by side in their incubator. Another photo shows one cub snuggling with mother Er Shun.

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Canada panda cubs doing well, moved to larger incubator: Zoo
Toronto Zoo giant panda cubs born October 13, 2015. The giant panda cubs continue to do very well and have recently been moved to a larger incubator as they have outgrown their first one. The giant panda keepers and Chinese experts continue to twin-swap the cubs with Er Shun and as they grow, both cubs are being supplemented with formula. The only time the cubs are not with mom is when she is eating bamboo. Since Er Shun is a lactating mother, staff have been very focused on increasing her bamboo intake which is very important to maintain her milk production. It is still a very critical time for these cubs and they remain in the maternity area of the Giant Panda Exhibit which is not visible to the public. To learn more about our cubs, visit: http://www.torontozoo.com/GiantPandaCubs/
Er Shun continues to be a great mom & keepers continue to twin-swap cubs. https://t.co/3deyywVy6c #TOpandacubs https://t.co/mFzOClhb6P
It is still a critical time for these cubs & they are still in maternity den w/ mom not in public view #TOpandacubs https://t.co/oYrDFteQla
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They are not yet on display to the public as it is still a "very critical time" for the cubs, the zoo said.

"The giant panda keepers and Chinese experts continue to twin-swap the cubs with Er Shun and as they grow, and both cubs are being supplemented with formula. The only time the cubs are not with mom is when she is eating bamboo," the zoo said in a statement.

The cubs were conceived through artificial insemination using sperm from her Toronto Zoo partner Da Mao as well as the frozen sperm from two giant pandas living in China.

Er Shun and Da Mao are on loan from China for 10 years as part of a long-term breeding program. They will remain at the Toronto zoo until 2018 and then relocate to the Calgary Zoo for five years.

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