Hello, everyone! Nine adorable panda cubs make group debut at a Chinese breeding centre ahead of Lunar New Year
Nine panda cubs have met the public together for the first time ahead of Lunar New Year at a breeding centre in south-western China.
Adorable footage and images show the fluffy baby bears crawling on a decorated stage as the keepers posed for a group photo while holding the cubs during the Thursday debut in Sichuan Province.
The cubs were among the 14 pandas born last year during the coronavirus pandemic at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding centre.
The centre's youngest cubs, a pair of twins delivered in October, also appeared on the stage. They were named Qiang Qiang and Guo Guo, meaning 'strong country'.
Four older cubs, such as Ai Jiu and Run Yue, have met the public in previous occasions. While the five younger ones, including Qiang Qiang and Guo Guo, had never appeared in front of the camera before.
The Thursday ceremony was the first time the nine cubs met the public together as a group.
The Lunar New Year, the most important annual festival in the Chinese culture, falls on February 12 this year.
great-and-british, UK, United Kingdom
Grumpy old fella, Sydney, Australia
At least something in China is worth being in the news.
Homer_Simpson, Springfield, United States
The China virus might have originated in pandas. Kill all.
Here_we_go_again, Manchester, United Kingdom
But it's the year of the Ox, not the Panda......................
Alias Adam Selene , Great Britain, United Kingdom
The only animal they spare
Gilboswisdom, bangalbuwurayi, Australia
They will soon be number 38 on the menu sweet and sour panda
Katters, Fort Worth, United States
Cheap knock offs probably.
Angelic a, Sydney, Australia
How come they don't eat pandas? They eat everything else.
Bcnp, Atlantis, Ireland
First, it was bats, kittens, puppies, wolf cubs, tiger testes, flying roaches, and pangolin meat. Its only a matter of time before they move on to pandas.
PopthePup, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
If only they cared so much for tigers, elephants, dogs, cats and every other animal on the planet.
SandyBrown1, London, United Kingdom
Love them. They are beautiful. I want all of them.
Didontwantto, Shrooshire, United Kingdom
Ohh dear .... a Chinese New Year !!!! Chinese travelling all over the world on holidays!!!!!!! Another plague to follow!
gbn, Jefferson, United States
Where does one apply for a job as panda-holder?
Me, Here should be working.
I worry for any animal in China. It wont end well sadly.
flowerpower, Bristol, United Kingdom
I want one or a cuddle from one.
JustAnotherVoice, Camp Geiger, United States
I love dogs but pandas are so adorable.
FL_BigFoot, Swamp, United States
Awwww...I love Pandas. They are the only bears that won't kill you and eat you.
Prudence, San Francisco, United States
How can anything good come from that country?