Panda Moms Worn Out By Baby Boom

Chinese institute boasts just four births this year
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2009 1:45 AM CST
Workers hold panda cubs born in 2008 for a group photo at Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center in Chengdu, China.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The breeding program at China's Chengdu panda institute has produced just four pandas this year. Researchers say the panda mothers are mostly too exhausted to conceive more babies after last year's record 18 births, the Times of London reports. This year's births included twins Wen Li and Ya L, born in July. Wen Li has been this year's troublemaker and has made repeated escape attempts, institute workers complain.

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