« Dindin the panda was seen taking special care of her tiny newborn cub in Moscow Zoo on Saturday.
Footage shows her cuddling the youngster, who was born on July 30, and holding him protectively even when being feed by zoo workers.
The facility’s press service said that Dindin preferred to sit with her cub in the same position, rarely moving. Employees left food and water as close as possible and fed her with their hands, taking special care of her new – and very rare – offspring.
Officials stated that the birth of a giant panda cub was ‘a unique event for the country and for the entire global conservation community’.
Parents Dindin and Zhui were brought to Moscow from Beijing in 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping both attended the opening ceremony of the ‘China Fauna’ pavilion at the Moscow Zoo.
In the wild, giant pandas are found exclusively in China, although many are leased to other countries. Dindin and Zhui were transferred to the zoo as part of a scientific programme for the preservation and breeding of the rare species. »