Germany's first giant panda cubs have been born and their mother, Meng Meng, is doing a wonderful job looking after the pink twins who bear no resemblance to their black and white furry parents, Berlin Zoo announced on Monday.
After weeks of speculation which made headlines in Berlin and national newspapers, experts at the zoo confirmed just over a week ago that Meng Meng was pregnant. The cubs weigh 186 and 136 grams and their gender has not yet been determined.
China has long engaged in 'panda diplomacy'. German Chancellor Angela Merkel - who heads to China on a pre-planned visit this week - and Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Meng Meng and Jiao Qing to Berlin Zoo at a ceremony in 2017 as part of a loan agreement.
Under that deal, any cubs will be returned to China once they no longer need their mother. But for now, Berlin is celebrating.
"What fantastic news! The whole of Berlin is delighted about the new arrivals!" Berlin's mayor Michael Mueller said.
Meanwhile, panda father Jiao Qing, 9, is relaxing and munching on bamboo. He is not involved in cub rearing.