Panda Twins Born In US: Watch Mother Lun Lun Give Birth To Adorable Endangered Duo At Zoo Atlanta [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on July 16, 2013 12:15 PM EDT

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Panda twins, like the pair pictured here at the Madrid Zoo and Aquarium in Spain, were born at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia on Monday. They are the first giant panda twins born in the U.S. since 1987. (Photo: Reuters)

Panda twins, born at Georgia's Zoo Atlanta on Monday, are the first giant panda duo born in the U.S. in 26 years. The pair was born to 15-year-old giant panda mother Lun Lun, who welcomed the baby panda cubs into her enclosure around 6:30 p.m. last night. The panda twins born in Georgia are the result of artificial insemination. Their father is another tenant of Zoo Atlanta, 15-year-old Yang Yang.

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"This is a success we share with all of our fellow zoological organizations working to understand and protect this iconic species, and we share our joy with our local community and with our colleagues in China," said Raymond B. King, Zoo Atlanta's president and CEO.

Video of the panda twins born in Georgia shows the mother Lun Lun giving birth to the adorable baby pandas.

The panda twins born in Atlanta aren't the first giant panda set to make headlines this year. In June, China's Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda welcomed twin pandas. IScience Times reported that baby giant pandas are blind and weigh around 5 ounces, but twins can weigh even less. They are born all white and cannot crawl for the first three months of their lives.

According to USA Today, giant pandas usually care for only one of the twin panda cubs. In the wild, this means that only one of the cubs survives. In zoos, caretakers rotate the cubs with the mother during the first few months of life.

CNN reports that there are fewer than 2,000 giant pandas left on the planet. Three hundred of these remain in zoos and breeding centers, mostly in China. There are about 1,600 giant pandas in the mountain forests of central China.

In this footage captured by the Pandacam at Zoo Atlanta, you can see the panda twins born in Georgia.

To see giant pandas live at Zoo Atlanta, visit the park's Panda Cam.

Read more from iScience Times:

Giant Panda Twins: China Celebrates Birth Of Adorable Baby Pandas At Research Center [VIDEO]

French Zoo Plans to Recycle Dung of Two Chinese Pandas into Biogas

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