23 giant panda cubs make public debut

Posted at 12:08 PM, Oct 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-01 13:08:03-04
Twenty-three giant panda cubs made their public debut at a panda base in southwest China Thursday, offering the cutest scene one can imagine.
The baby pandas, aged one to four months, were all born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding this year.
This year, experts from the base also witnessed the birth of another four pandas overseas, raising the total number of base's newborn pandas to 27, a rare record since the establishment of the base.
The number of this year's newborn pandas at the base has almost doubled that last year. Experts attribute this to the improvement in breeding technology.
What's more, among the 27 newborn pandas there are ten pairs of twins, accounting for 74 percent of the total.
Since its establishment nearly 30 years ago, the base has bred 176 giant pandas, the world's largest artificially-bred giant panda population.