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A French zoo is working to keep a panda cub alive after its twin died

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Chinese giant panda experts and French zookeepers are working to ensure a panda cub's survival after its twin died during the first-ever birth of the rare animal in France.

Mother Huan Huan delivered the first cub at 10:18 pm (2018 GMT) and the second at 10:32.

Video released Saturday by the Beauval Zoo south of Paris showed employees monitoring the panda sector.

The pink, hairless male weighing 142 grams (five ounces) is tiny compared to its 86-kilogram (190-pound) mother. She bore twins Friday, but the firstborn was too weak to survive. Huan Huan and partner Yuan Zi are on a 10-year loan from China.

Panda births are closely watched because they remain rare — there are only about 1,800 pandas in the wild in China and about 400 in captivity worldwide.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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