14 panda cubs make public debut in China

CHENGDU, China (CCTV) -- Fourteen baby pandas born in a southwest China breeding center were gathered together for their first public viewing on Monday (September 23), state media reported.

All the cubs were bred artificially at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in Sichuan, a mountainous province with dense forests from where almost all wild pandas originate, CCTV reported.

The young cubs, born between July and September, are being raised in two delivery rooms, with glass windows that allow the public a glimpse.

Meng Meng, the oldest of the bunch, weighs around four times as much as Ya Yi, the youngest, who was born 40 days later, CCTV said.

"In terms of weight, the biggest cub already weighs over three kilograms, almost four kilograms. The smallest is only around 700 grams, over 600 grams," said keeper Mao Min.

CCTV said, the first ten days are the most dangerous in a young panda's life as they are susceptible to disease.

They are one of the world's endangered animals with roughly 300 giant pandas in captivity throughout the world, and fewer than 1,600 living in the wild in China.


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