14 Baby Pandas Displayed at Chinese Breeding Facility


Fourteen panda cubs were displayed at a Chinese breeding facility Monday. (credit: Associated Press)

Together for the first time since they were artificially bred at a Chinese animal facility, 14 baby pandas were put on display for news media this week.

The cubs were placed in a crib together Monday at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in south-west China’s Sichuan province, according to the BBC.

The pandas were born between July and September, with the oldest weighing four times as much as the youngest, the BBC reported.

Endangered and difficult to breed, bamboo-eating Chinese giant pandas are the subject of international conservation efforts.

At birth, baby pandas are about the size of a stick of butter. Female pandas breed only once every two to three years, according to the San Diego Zoo, which has four pandas on exhibit, including one born last year.