30 Aug '13, 3pm
Giant panda gives birth in Madrid zoo
Giant panda mum Hua Zui Ba holds its new born cub at the Zoo in Madrid on Friday, Aug 30, 2013. The mother panda delivered the cub at the Zoo Aquarium de Madrid after a gestation lasting 131 days -- PHOTO: AFP / ZOO AQUARIUM DE MADRID/ GUSTAVO FERNANDEZ DUQU MADRID (AFP) - A giant panda which is already a mother of twins gave birth again on Friday in a Madrid zoo, welcoming the tiny new arrival with licks, zoo officials said. The mother panda, Hua Zui Ba, delivered the cub at the Zoo Aquarium de Madrid after a gestation lasting 131 days, the zoo said in a statement. The pink cub, lightly covered in white hair, "cried loudly" on its arrival, the zoo said. The mother bear "took the tiny creature onto its lap within seconds of its birth, licking and protecting it constantly while the veterinary team looked on with emotion".