Giant panda cubs Ya Lun and Xi Lun are growing fast, but they’re still a long way from “giant.”
The Zoo Atlanta twins are each around 9 pounds and are just starting to learn how to get around on their wobbly little legs. Born on Sept. 3, these two cuties just passed the 100 day mark. Ya and Xi mean elegant and happy, respectively. Together, with their last name Lun, their name translates to Lun Lun’s elegant and happy daughters.
Speaking of Lun Lun, the mother recently met both of her babies together for the first time, reports ajc.com. Until now, Lun Lun had been brought each baby individually. Now that mom is aware that she has two daughters, both cubs will be allowed to find their mom on their own in their shared enclosure, allowing Lun Lun to naturally raise the pair and introduce them to new experiences.
Based on live stream footage from the panda enclosure, it looks like the sisters are putting their new walking skills to good use, pawing all over mom, who they can now enjoy together. While animal lovers can check in on the pandas 24/7 with Animal Planet’s panda cam, the bears cannot be visited by the public.
The cubs are still too susceptible to outside bacteria to be on display at the zoo. They will make their public debut later in 2017.