|How many babies can a panda give birth to? |
|Question Date: 2018-04-09|
Pandas usually only have one baby at a time. Adult
pandas are big, but a baby panda is only as big as
a stick of butter when it is born. The mother
panda has to take very good care of these tiny
Sometimes a panda will have twins. The
was very happy in 2016 when twin pandas were
A mother panda can live for 20 years in the
wild. She will only have 4 or 5 babies in her
In zoos, pandas can live longer and have more
babies. Why do you think pandas in zoos life
longer and have more babies?
Thanks for asking,
Pandas, much like any mammal, can give birth to
as many babies as they physically can. As long as
the panda is healthy, the limit is only how long
the panda stays alive. After a panda gets
successfully pregnant, it takes around 135 days
(4.5 months) for the baby panda to be born.
This is relatively short if you compare it to a
human (270 days, 9 months) or an elephant (660
days, 22 months!). So, if a panda that is capable
of having a baby, and has a baby every 4.5 months,
though unlikely, it can have lots and lots
Typically, either one or two cubs are born to one
mother panda at a time.
Since pandas carry their
babies for anywhere between 95 and 160 days before
giving birth, and female pandas can give birth
from as young as age four to as old as age twenty,
a mother panda can theoretically birth to about
120 baby pandas in her lifetime, at the most (365
days per year * 16 years / 95 days per pregnancy *
2 babies per pregnancy). However, this number is
extremely unlikely because a mother panda will
most likely not get pregnant again immediately
after giving birth, and mother pandas only give
birth to two cubs about half of time they
become pregnant. Therefore, it is probably more
likely that a mother panda would give birth to
very few babies in her lifetime.
One or 2 at a time.
Baby pandas weigh only 90 to 130 grams (3.5 to 4
oz.) at birth - about 1/900th of its mother's
weight. Litters of one or two cubs are born. If
two cubs are born, the mother usually abandons the
weaker cub, and it dies soon after birth.
Pandas usually have only one cub per pregnancy,
much like humans. Humans do have twins on
occasion, or triplets or more than triplets, and I
can only imagine that the same is true of pandas.
Pandas are a bit unique amongst other members
of the Ursidae family (the grouping of
animals including most bears) because they
generally give birth to one cub at a time.
Most of the other members of this family generally
give birth to an average of 2-3 cubs per litter.
Pandas are capable of giving birth
approximately every two years, but it can be much
less often than that since finding another
panda to mate with in the wild can be
difficult. This is one of the reasons that it
is really important to protect the habitat of
pandas. They give birth so infrequently that we
should work to try to make it as easy as possible
for them to do so. Thank you for your question!
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