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Why Do Panda Cubs Need Formula?

Formula is a vital part of raising Panda cubs in captivity to ensure the survival of the species.  A female panda is only able to care for a single cub when they are first born, yet they often give birth to twins.  In the wild, when this happens, one of the cubs will perish.    In captivity, thanks to dedicated keepers, incubators, and formula – both cubs are able to survive.  In a process named “cub-swapping”, both cubs spend alternating time with their mother nursing and in the nursury where their diet is supplemented with formula. Check in on the toddler cam to see what happens once the cubs get a little bigger.

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