LiLi is a new panda mother who loves her tiny pink, black, and white baby at a panda research base. However, researchers are trying to keep a secret from LiLi – she’s had twins.
Often when pandas have twins, they will abandon one baby to focus on the other’s survival and well-being. Panda mothers don’t instinctually feel they have enough to give two babies.
At the research center, they’ve developed a technique of baby swapping so that the new panda mother believes she is only caring for one child, not two.
To remove the baby from LiLi, the researchers offer large bowls of honey water for the mama to drink. However, LiLi does not immediately let go of her cub.
It takes a few tries before the researcher can get LiLi’s baby from the giant panda’s massive arms. The baby is then transported to the incubator to receive more formula food.
The other panda baby is placed in the enclosure with LiLi, who picks up the baby with her massive mouth. The mother holds her replaced cub, licking it all over.
LiLi will feed and care for both cubs, believing she is only responsible for one. This technique may ensure a 100% survival rate of new births at the research center.