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Lucky 8: Belgian wildlife park welcomes baby giant pandas

Hao Hao, a giant panda loaned to the park by China in 2014, has given birth to twins.

A Belgian wildlife park is proudly showing off newborn giant panda twins.

Pairi Daiza said Hao Hao, a panda loaned to the park by China in 2014, has given birth to “two little ‘pink shrimps’ that are in good health and that she is taking care of with extraordinary maternal love”.

The twins were born on Thursday, the eighth day of the eighth month, and the park notes that the number eight is considered lucky in Chinese culture.

They are the second and third pandas delivered at the park, following the birth of Tian Bao in June 2016.

Hao Hao holds one of her twin babies
Hao Hao holds one of her twin babies (Pairi Daiza Zoo/AP)

Eric Domb, head of the park in Brugelette, said it is “marvellous news for this extraordinary, but today still threatened, species”.