Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tiny Giants

It may be a good thing that by tradition the Chinese do not name giant pandas until 100 days after their birth. Panda mothers have been known to accidentally crush their tiny babies or to sacrifice one of a pair of twins so that they can focus on raising the other. Newborns are also subject to pneumonia, lack of oxygen, and infection. So far, the triplets born in July at Guangzhou’s Chimelong Safari Park (IMAGE ABOVE, SLIDESHOW HERE) have survived longer than many other cubs of rare multiple births. So far, then, we can enjoy their questionably adorable appearance and hope for the best. As journalist Gail Sullivan writes in the Washington Post, "The little cubs are cute — in a naked mole rat sort of way."

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