World's first panda cub with both captive and wild parents

A giant panda which was raised in captivity but mated in the wild has successfully given birth to a female cub.

The baby panda, which weighed 216 grams (7.6 ounces), is the world's first panda with both captive and wild parents, reported Xinhua News Agency. 

Its birth marks the success of China's panda breeding programme which aims to increase the genetic diversity of its captive bear population, said the report.

The world's first giant panda cub with both captive and wild parents was born early Monday in Sichuan Province, China

The world's first giant panda cub with both captive and wild parents was born early Monday in Sichuan Province, China

The cub was born to mother panda Cao Cao, which was sent to the wild in February this year ahead of the mating season

The cub was born to mother panda Cao Cao, which was sent to the wild in February this year ahead of the mating season

The panda cub was born at 2:17am on July 31 at the Hetaoping Panda Base in Wolong, China's Sichuan Province.

The mother panda, Cao Cao, had given birth four times in the past, including two sets of twins. 

Cao Cao is 15 years old, which is the equivalent to 30 years old in human age.

Having been rescued from the wild as a cub in 2003, Cao Cao grew up in captivity. 

She was released back to nature in February this year ahead of the mating season. Chinese panda breeders hoped she could mate in the wild.

A GPS tag was attached to Cao Cao's collar to keep a record of her activities.

Its birth marks the success of China's panda breeding programme which aims to increase the genetic diversity of the animals

Its birth marks the success of China's panda breeding programme which aims to increase the genetic diversity of the animals

Cao Cao mated with a mild panda on March 23 according to records from a GPS tag attached to her collar

Cao Cao mated with a mild panda on March 23 according to records from a GPS tag attached to her collar

According to an earlier report by Xinhua, several ex-captive male pandas fought in the wild for the right to mate with Cao Cao in March, but the female panda eventually chose a wild panda. 

Cao Cao's mating lasted for 90 seconds and took place on March 23.

Commenting on Cao Cao's successful mating, Zhang Hemin, director of China Conservation and Research Center For The Giant Panda,

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