A Chinese zoo presented the world with these adorable triplet panda cubs on Tuesday.
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The three cubs were born at Chimelong Safari Park in south China’s Guangdong province.
They are the only panda triplets to have survived this far, the safari park said in a statement.
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The cubs were born on July 29, but breeders delayed the announcement until they were sure all three would survive, the official China News Service said.
The cubs’ birth is being hailed as a “miracle” and proof of China’s success with artificial insemination procedures.
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The as-yet-unnamed cubs are reportedly the fourth set of giant panda triplets born through artificial insemination in China.
Giant pandas have a low reproduction rate, which is why the triplets’ birth is considered miraculous.
The triplets’ mother, Ju Xiao, was impregnated in March with sperm from another zoo panda.
Ju Xiao, meaning “chrysanthemum smile,” delivered the triplets over the course of four hours. They weigh between 8 to 12 ounces. She and the cubs are reported to be healthy.
The triplets can only be recognized as “surviving” once they reach six months, an expert on giant pandas told Agence France-Presse.
THE WORLD NEEDS YOU TO SURVIVE, LITTLE PANDA TRIPLETS!