Giant Panda At Zoo Atlanta Gives Birth To Twins

Giant Panda At Zoo Atlanta Gives Birth To TwinsAmerica has its first panda twins in 26 years. The tiny pair were born to mother Lun Lun, a 15-year-old giant panda, at Zoo Atlanta on Monday, the first arriving at 6:21 p.m. and the second at 6:23 p.m. The zoo did not immediately know the gender of the cubs.

‘Artificial insemination’

The twins are the first for Lun Lun, who has two other offspring at Zoo Atlanta, and are the product of artificial insemination. Their father is 15-year-old Yang Yang, also a resident at Zoo Atlanta.

The pink-colored twins — black patches of hair will begin to appear in a week or two — were separated shortly after birth, with one staying with Lun Lun and the other being cared for in the zoo’s nursery. The zoo said twins typically weigh less than single-born panda cubs with a high risk of mortality. A single panda cub typically weighs just 3 to 5 ounces at birth, according to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

‘Mostly in China’

Twins are not unusual for pandas, Zoo Atlanta said in a statement, but in the wild the mother will usually only care for one of them. That is why they were separated, but the zoo said they may rotate them in Lun Lun’s care over the next few months.

Fewer than 2,000 giant pandas remain on the planet, according to the Smithsonian. Of these, 300 are in zoos and breeding centers, mostly in China, and about 1,600 remain in the wild in mountain forests of central China.

Do you find these baby pandas cute? Have you seen one up close?

Source: Brad Lendon | CNN

Image: Daily News America

L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Is The Richest In The NBA

L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant Is The Richest In The NBALeBron James still has some work to do. According to a report from (via Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times), Kobe Bryant has the highest net worth in the NBA. The Black Mamba is estimated to be worth a whopping $220 million.

‘Lakers mogul’

Endorsements with Nike, Coca-Cola, Turkish Airlines, Mercedes-Benz, Lenovo, Panini and Hublot have helped Kobe amass a fortune greater than any other superstar in the Association. A global reach, specifically in China, has also aided in the creation of the Los Angeles Lakers mogul.

Rounding out the league’s top five richest players are Kevin Garnett ($190 million), LeBron James ($130 million) and Ray Allen and Tim Duncan ($100 million).

‘Obscenely rich’

If you remember, LeBron had hoped to become a billion-dollar athlete upon entering the league. A $130 million net worth certainly isn’t chump change, but he’s got some ground to cover. Catching Kobe will have to be first on his list. Bryant is worth nearly $100 million more than LeBron. He’s been in the league almost twice as long as The King, but that’s still an impressive figure.

In truth, LeBron’s earnings don’t really matter much—Kobe is going to remain obscenely rich either way. No matter when he retires or what he does when he finally walks away, we’ll always know that the stacks of cash under Kobe’s mattress are far bigger than ours.

Well, in terms of wealth, do you think LeBron James will be able to top Kobe Bryant in the next couple of years? And just to push it — who do you think is the better basketball player between the two?

Source: Dan Favale | Bleacher Report

Image: Johnathaninio