10 Giant Panda Cubs Just Made Their Debut At The Same Time. This Is Not A Drill
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Yes, it's the end of the week, but stop, sit down. There is more news and it involves 10 EFFING PANDA CUBS AT ONCE.
That's right, it's that special time of year when the Chengdu Research Base in China unveils the fruits of its captive breeding program labor.
And people lose their shit.
The giant pandas born earlier this year made their debut Friday on the 30th anniversary of what's commonly referred to as the Panda Base.
The panda cubs, all of which are under the age of 1, were lined up for a throng of press photographers before feeding time.
The base has agreements with zoos and facilities around the world to take in baby giant pandas for research and cultural exchanges.
Also so people around the world can lose their shit in person without having to travel to China.
And just FYI: the giant panda, once classified as endangered, was downgraded last year to "vulnerable," with the International Union for Conservation of Nature citing a 17% population rise over a decade as of 2014. That year, a nationwide census in China logged 1,864 giant pandas in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
That means the world will have more of these fluff balls for years to come.