In December 2016, the U.S.-born giant pandas “Mei Lun” and “Mei Huan” made their global debut in China at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Giant pandas “Mei Lun’s” and “Mei Huan’s” move to China received a high degree of attention from panda fans and the general public from around the world.There were over 600 published and reprinted news related articles and the twin’s move was a hot topic on Sina Weibo, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking platforms. During the one-month quarantine period after “Mei Lun” and “Mei Huan”'s arrival in China, the News and Publicity Office of Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding received more than 300 phone calls and emails inquiring about the twin sisters. Today, “Mei Lun’s” and “Mei Huan’s” quarantine period ended and they made their global debut at the Base.
Chen Xin, a veterinarian from Animal Disease Prevention and Control Department, Wu Kongju, Director of Animal Management Department, and Zhang Hao, a breeder attended the news conference.
At the news conference, Chen Xin stated that “Mei Lun” and “Mei Huan” were in good health since they arrived. During the quarantine period, Animal Disease Prevention and Control Department expelled parasites from them and checked their stool condition regularly in accordance with the rules; all the indices were normal.
Breeder Luo Yunhong, who is responsible for looking after “Mei Lun” and “Mei Huan”, said the twins are docile and they get along well. During the one-month “quarantine life”, they never fought with each other, sometimes they were seen embracing each other while sleeping or eating bamboo back to back. When they just arrived in China, “Mei Lun” was more shy than her younger sister “Mei Huan”, she liked to climb on the railings and only ate biscuits from the U.S. Now the two sisters have gradually adapted themselves to the life in their hometown. “Mei Huan”, has fallen in love with steamed corn bread and apples. Wu Kongju, Director of Animal Management Department, said that every day, “Mei Huan” eats about 600g of steamed corn bread and has more than 4.5kg of stools, which is the normal defecation of a sub-adult giant panda. “Mei Lun” is gradually adjusting to the the panda bread made at the panda base and has become fond of bamboo leaves of her hometown.
The twin sisters will move to the Moonlight Nursery on the Chengdu Panda Base now that the quarantine period has ended.
Profile of “Mei Lun” and “Mei Huan”
Twin sisters “Mei Lun” and “Mei Huan” were born to giant panda “Lun Lun”. They are the first surviving twins born in the United States.
1999年，中国动物园协会与美国亚特兰大动物园达成了“大熊猫繁殖研究的合作协议”。同年11月，成都大熊猫繁育“伦伦”和“杨杨”前往美国亚特兰大动物园开始旅美生活。在中美双方的共同照顾下，伦伦已经成功繁育了5胎7仔，“美轮”和“美奂”是她的第4胎。In 1999, Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens and Zoo Atlanta reached a “cooperative research agreement on giant panda breeding”. In November of the same year, “Lun Lun” and “Yang Yang” from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding went to Zoo Atlanta and began their new lives in the United States. Under the care of both China and the United States, “Lun Lun” has successfully produced seven cubs from five pregnancies. “Mei Lun” and “Mei Huan” are her fourth and fifth cubs.