Six panda cubs were born at the Qinling Giant Panda Research Center in northwest China this year, and not only are they adorable, they’re rare.
This group includes six babies, including two sets of twins. All were conceived artificially.
“It’s rare that two sets of twins were born here, with one pigeon pair [one male, one female]. All of them are growing normally. The eldest pair are four months old, and weigh over seven kilograms,” Shen Jiena of the Qinling Giant Panda Research Center said.
But before you decide you want a panda as a pet, this panda-care worker says “not so fast!”
“The cubs can be very rude. Sometimes, they don’t want their breasts to be properly nursed and are often sleepy. They can be a little difficult to handle. They may scratch your skin if you touch them. But it’s just a gentle biting, as they just grind their teeth, which is very cute,” Wu Gang of the Qinling Giant Panda Research Center said.
According to the World Wildlife Fund the huge panda population remains at risk. About 1800 pandas are still living in the wild.