China announced today the birth of extremely rare panda triplets in the latest success for the country's artificial breeding program.
The three cubs were born July 29 in the southern city of Guangzhou, but breeders delayed an announcement until they were sure all three would survive, China News Service said.
The mother, Ju Xiao, and the three as-yet-unnamed cubs are healthy, the state-run news agency said.
Photos showed the three sleeping and standing in their incubator, their bodies pink and mostly hairless.
Ju Xiao was impregnated in March with sperm from a panda living at a Guangzhou zoo. In the final weeks of her pregnancy she was under round the clock care, according to the report.