Y’AN CITY, CHINA (CNN) - The first twin panda cubs of 2012 came into the world early Wednesday morning at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong of southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Giant panda Xi Mei gave birth to the twins at 04:47, with the cubs arriving 26 minutes apart.
While the first cub was still clasping to its mother, the second cub was taken away by researchers. According to researchers, it is a male panda and weighs 154.2 kilograms.
Meanwhile, according to visual inspection, the first cub is in good condition, but its gender could not be identified.
Born on August 8, 2000, Xi Mei mated with Lulu, a male panda selected by the center. In March, Xi Mei was confirmed pregnant and the center began to monitor her closely after she began to show prenatal signs.