- A total of 11 giant panda cubs were successfully born this year at a panda base in China
- On their public debut, the tiny black-and-white bears are all less than a year old
- This year is the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the giant panda base
A cuddly ensemble of giant panda cubs made their first appearance today at a breeding centre in Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding research base in south-west China.
According to the People’s Daily, the 11 naughty giant panda cubs met the public for the first time today and certainly created mayhem.
The tiny black-and-white bears, all less than a year old, appeared to be more interested in playing than queueing up in line waiting to be fed.
Cute debut: The adorable panda cubs are seen on a display at the centre in Chengdu, the staff are preparing to feed them
Ready to impress: The staff help these adorable giant panda cubs are getting ready to meet the public for the first time
Cute and playful: These naughty panda cubs were introduced to the public yesterday and have made a good impression
Unsurprisingly, the cubs bonded well with their keepers and impressed the crowds, eager to see them.
According to the Panda base staff, this year is also the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the base.
Over the past 30 years, the Panda Base has started from six sick and hungry pandas, and through the strength and constant efforts of science and technology.
Panda-monium: Eager panda fans take photos of the cute giant pandas born this year at the Chengdu Research Base
Adorable newbies: These fluffies all know how to impress the crowds despite keeping out of line and creating havoc
Ooops: This little cub is trying to catch up, while the other two are having nap during their first public debut
A total of 11 giant panda cubs were successfully born this year at the panda base, among them three sets of twins were included.
Up to now, the Panda Base has established an existing figure of 184 giant panda breeding population in the world.
According to the research centre, today the absolute growth rate of the base breeding population is as high as 200 per cent (2013-2016).
SIX FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT GIANT PANDAS
- It’s estimated that there are around 1,600 Giant Pandas in the wild. There are 300 in zoos and breeding centres around the world.
- It’s unsure how long Giant Pandas live in the wild. However Chinese scientists reported zoo pandas as old as 35.
- A wild panda’s diet is 99 percent bamboo while the remaining one percent is usually small rodents.
- Giant Pandas need to consume around 20 to 40 pounds of bamboo each day to get the nutrients they need.
- On all four legs, Giant Pandas stand at around three to four feet tall.
- Cubs do not open their eyes until they are six to eight weeks of age and are not mobile until three months.
Source: Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Bear hugs: These adorable giant panda cubs are fed and cared for around the clock by the panda base staff in Chengdu
It must be dinner time: The cubs line up for food as they are adored by their visitors and research staff at the base
Food glorious food: The cubs created a lively atmosphere while impressing their fans as they made their debut