TOKYO -- The twin panda cubs born to giant panda Shin Shin at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens are male and female, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced on July 9.
Shin Shin, 16, gave birth to the pair on June 23 at the Taito Ward zoo. According to Ueno zoo, the male cub is 18 centimeters long and weighs 331 grams. The female cub is also 18 cm and has a weight of 319 g.
Both are described as being in good health, and the black spots around their eyes and on their ears are gradually getting darker. While Shin Shin takes care of one of her young, the other is placed in an incubator, with such care provided in turns.
Ueno zoo intends to invite the public to submit names for the cubs in future.
(Japanese original by Hitomi Saikawa, Tokyo City News Department)