Pit and Paule – the first pandas ever to be born in Germany were put on view to the public for the first time yesterday. The twins had their first steps outdoors at Zoo Berlin only on last Wednesday.
The two brother’s parents mother Meng Meng and father Jiao Qing were brought to Germany in summer 2017 on loan from China for a fee that goes toward conservation work. They were born on August 31, 2019.
“On this special day I would particularly like to thank the Zoo’s committed team of keepers, vets and biologists,” said Zoo and Tierpark Director Dr Andreas Knieriem in a statement. “But I am also grateful to everyone else who contributed to the successful breeding of these wonderful bears here at Zoo Berlin.”
According to the zoo authorities Pit (Meng Xiang) is “laid-back, dreamy and always ready for a nap,” according to Zoo Berlin’s website. Paule (Meng Yuan) is 48 minutes younger than his more sedate sibling and “known for his mischievous, inquisitive nature.”Brother Pit will give Paule a loud yelp when his younger brother gets too rough and tumble, the zoo noted.
Male giant pandas are not involved in the rearing of their cubs and hence Jiao Qing isn’t around to look after twins. Zoo Berlin will be taking care of the cubs for the first few years after which they will be taken to China.