If there’s one thing you remember from today, it should be this: there is nothing cuter than a set of panda triplets.
There is also nothing more rare. Born on July 29 at Guangzhou’s Chimelong Safari Park in China, these 16-day-old siblings are the world’s first surviving panda triplets, according to The Guardian.
The birth of the panda babies – who are being cared for by their mother Juxiao and a round-the-clock team of zoo nannies – is extra-special since the animals have such a low reproductive rate.
“It was a miracle for us and [the births] exceeded our expectations,” said the safari park’s general manager, Dong Guixin, adding that “they have lived longer than any other triplets so far.”
The next few months will be critical for the three, who are now nursing from mom after initially being placed in incubators. “We can only say they are surviving once they reach six months,” an official from the Sichuan Wolong National Nature Reserve explained to The Guardian.
It was a natural conception for 12-year-old Juxiao and the cubs’ 17-year-old father, Linlin. And while the babies’ genders have not yet been revealed, we’ve got their names (which will be given when they reach 100 days old, per Chinese tradition) all figured out: Cute, Cuter and Cutest!