The first pandas to ever be born in Germany took their first steps outside Wednesday.
After several attempts to breed baby pandas, twin panda brothers Pit and Paule were born on Aug. 31, 2019 and are on view to the public for the first time on Thursday. This is Berlin’s first ever panda birth.
Born within an hour of each other, Zoo Berlin shared on its website that Pit (Meng Xiang) is “laid-back, dreamy and always ready for a nap.” Paule (Meng Yuan) is the calm younger sibling “known for his mischievous, inquisitive nature.”
Zoo and Tierpark Director Dr. Andreas Knieriem thanked the Zoo’s team of keepers, vets and biologists for their hard work and “successful breeding of the wonderful bears.”
Pit and Paule were born to mother Meng Meng and father Jiao Qing, who arrived in Germany in summer 2017. They are on loan from China from a reservation in Chengdu. The cubs will remain at Zoo Berlin for the first few years before returning to China.
In the meantime, Meng Meng, a first-time mother, is looking her cubs in an “exemplary manner,” Knieriem stated.
Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller, was thrilled with the news, stating that “The whole of Berlin is delighted about the new arrivals!”