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China displays 14 giant panda cubs. You're welcome.
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Do you ever really need a reason to gaze upon cute giant panda cubs?

We didn't think so.

In any case, China has obliged, displaying 14 giant panda cubs that were bred through artificial means at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in Sichuan province.

A total of 20 cubs were born at the Chengdu base this year, and 17 were lucky enough to survive. The first ten days are crucial to a panda cub's survival, as that period is when it's most vulnerable to disease.

To give you some idea of their size, Meng Meng, the oldest, weighs 6.6 lbs, while Ya Yi, the youngest, only weighs 1.5 lbs.

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Fourteen Panda cubs lie on a bed for members of the public to view at Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding on September 23, 2013 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. In 2013 twenty Panda cubs were born, with 17 of those cubs surviving.

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This picture taken on September 23, 2013 shows researchers placing new-born panda cubs on a crib during a press conference at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. 14 giant panda cubs born in 2013 were presented to the public at the press conference, during which the research base introduced the global breeding situation of giant pandas this year.

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Staff lay panda cubs on a bed for members of the public to view at Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding on September 23, 2013. The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987 with six giant pandas rescued from the wild and today has increased their captive population to over 83 individuals.

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New-born panda cubs displayed on a crib during a press conference at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

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14 giant panda cubs born in 2013 were presented to the public at a press conference on September 23, 2013 at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

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