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Last Updated: Tuesday February 27 2007 06:32 GMT

First panda of 2007 born in China

The newborn panda cub will look something like these three cubs

The first panda of the year has been born in China and already broken three records, according to media reports.

The tiny cub weighed just 90 grams when it was born at a research centre in Wolong on Friday but has since put on weight and is said to be doing well.

Experts said the cub was the first to be born so early in the year as pandas usually give birth in the autumn.

Its mum Ji Ni is also the oldest panda at the centre to have given birth and her pregnancy is the longest on record.

Mei Mei gave birth to twins

Giant pandas are one of the world's most endangered animals.

There are only about 1,600 of them left in the wild and another 180 living in captivity - half of which live at the Wolong centre.

In 2006, there was a record total of 34 healthy panda cubs born around the world.

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