Chinese giant panda gives birth in South Korean zoo

A handout photo provided by South Korea's Everland theme park shows the newborn panda cub. Photo by Everland

A giant panda has given birth to a cub at Everland amusement park in South Korea. The newborn is the first-ever baby panda to be born in the country.

The female cub's mother, seven-year-old Ai Bao, conceived in March after mating with nine-year-old Le Bao at the theme park. She gave birth on Monday night, park operator Samsung Group said in a statement.

The pair of pandas - whose names translate as "Lovely Treasure" and "Happy Treasure" - arrived in South Korea from China's Sichuan province on a 15-year loan in 2016, as agreed by the two countries during a 2014 summit in Seoul attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"Ai Bao and her newborn are in good condition. The baby panda was born with a weight of 197 grams and a height of 16.5 centimetres," the park said.

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