A furry and precious first!

By Kelli Bender
June 23, 2016 04:02 PM
Reuters

It always feels good to be first! 

China reached an important milestone on Monday, welcoming the first giant panda cub twins of 2016. 

According to Reuters U.K., the adorable duo was born at the Chengdu giant panda breeding research base in China’s Sichuan province. Both of the endangered baby bears born to mother Yali are females; one came into the world weighing 144 grams, the other 113. The cubs are said to be doing well. 

“The twins are quite healthy, their voices are quite clear, relatively speaking their fur and physical traits are all quite healthy,” one of the pair’s feeders, Tang Juwen, told Reuters U.K.

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Right now, the pink jellybean cuties are being kept in an incubator and are taken out for routine feedings. 

The first months of life are a fragile time for newborn pandas, but the center is hopeful the twins will pull through, especially after a successful 2015. The base saw seven healthy panda births last year, an important contribution to the total panda numbers —about 1,864 — living in the wild. 

 

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