Move over, kittens and puppies. Fly away, tiny owl
that recently won Twitter. Ten — count 'em! — baby pandas have made their public debut at a Chinese breeding center and the collective cuteness is almost too much to handle.
Just kidding. We can't get enough of these adorable fuzzballs.
More importantly, they're bona fide bundles of joy for conservation efforts to save the endangered species from extinction. According to the World Wildlife Fund
, only 1,864 giant pandas live in the wild. China, the panda's homeland, has led the way with captive breeding to revive the population — though it hasn't been easy. Female pandas are fertile only two or three days out of the year and male pandas have a tendency to become sterile in captivity. Thanks to advancements in technology, breeding and panda cubs' survival rates have improved.
In fact, the chance of survival for these cubs is far better in the breeding center than in the wild, where panda moms selectively abandon their offspring between one week and two months after birth. This also bodes well for a newborn panda at the National Zoo, Time
To celebrate, here's a baby panda party photo album.