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Nine adorable panda cubs make their debut at a Chinese 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.

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. Pictured, three keepers at the Chengdu breeding centre pose for a photo with three of the cubs on Thursday

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 the south-western city of Chengdu, Sichuan Province

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 the south-western city of Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Ahead of Chinese lunar new year celebration, a group of nine panda cubs that were born in 2020 had a debut at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu City, southwest China's Sichuan Province on February 4, Thursday

Ahead of Chinese lunar new year celebration, a group of nine panda cubs that were born in 2020 had a debut at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu City, southwest China’s Sichuan Province on February 4, Thursday

The festive debut took place on February 4, which marks the 'Little New Year' on the Chinese lunar calendar and the start of the Chinese New Year's preparation phase. Pictured, a keeper holds one of the cubs during the debut ceremony on Thursday

The festive debut took place on February 4, which marks the ‘Little New Year’ on the Chinese lunar calendar and the start of the Chinese New Year’s preparation phase. Pictured, a keeper holds one of the cubs during the debut ceremony on Thursday 

The group’s public appearance saw Ai Jiu, who was born on June 5 as the heaviest newborn panda the facility has seen. She was accompanied by Run Yue, who shares the same birthday. 

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 festive debut took place on February 4, which marked the ‘Little New Year’ on the Chinese lunar calendar and the start of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

The Lunar New Year, the most important annual festival in the Chinese culture, falls on February 12 this year.

The adorable little guys appear to be in a playful mood as they tumble around while frolicking with each other on the stage

The adorable little guys appear to be in a playful mood as they tumble around while frolicking with each other on the stage

The pandas' public appearance was inspired by the Chinese tradition to celebrate the day by eating Tangyuan, a kind of rice dumplings with sesame fillings, said the centre staff. Pictured, the panda cubs tumble around the stage on Thursday

The pandas’ public appearance was inspired by the Chinese tradition to celebrate the day by eating Tangyuan, a kind of rice dumplings with sesame fillings, said the centre staff. Pictured, the panda cubs tumble around the stage on Thursday

Camera shy: While some cubs at the debut appear to be in a playful mood, others seem to be running away from the limelight

Camera shy: While some cubs at the debut appear to be in a playful mood, others seem to be running away from the limelight

The Chengdu panda breeding centre hosted the festive event before China's 2021 Lunar New Year, which falls on February 12

The Chengdu panda breeding centre hosted the festive event before China’s 2021 Lunar New Year, which falls on February 12 

The pandas’ public appearance was inspired by the Chinese tradition to celebrate the day by eating Tangyuan, a kind of rice dumplings with sesame fillings, said the centre staff.

The baby bears with their black-and-white fur bear a striking resemblance of the white rice dumplings with black sesame fillings.

‘On the day of the Little New Year, [we] want to give the people all over the country the cutest ‘Tang Yuan’,’ the breeding base wrote in a statement.

‘Wishing you all a happy new year and all the best in the coming year,’ it added.

Nine adorable panda cubs made their debut at a Chinese centre in southwestern China ahead of Lunar New Year on Thursday

Nine adorable panda cubs made their debut at a Chinese centre in southwestern China ahead of Lunar New Year on Thursday

a group of nine pandas born last year gather at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu City, Sichuan

a group of nine pandas born last year gather at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu City, Sichuan

Hello everyone: The breeders introduced the cubs by placing them in a row on the stage before a crowd of visitors

Hello everyone: The breeders introduced the cubs by placing them in a row on the stage before a crowd of visitors

The baby pandas appear to be having a whale of a time as they tumble around and play with one another in China on Thursday

The baby pandas appear to be having a whale of a time as they tumble around and play with one another in China on Thursday

In an adorable clip, the breeders introduced the cubs by placing them in a row on the stage with festive decorations before a crowd of visitors and journalists.

Most of the baby bears appear to be in a playful mood as they curiously wandered around and frolicked with one another.

But others seemed shy in front of the cameras as they kept trying to run off the stage before being stopped and put back to the stage by the keepers. 

A total of 14 panda cubs were born at the Chengdu centre in 2020 and they are all said to be healthy.

A total of 14 panda cubs were born at the Chengdu centre in 2020 and they are all said to be healthy. Nine of them are pictured during a festive debut ceremony at the centre on Thursday ahead of China's Lunar New Year next week

A total of 14 panda cubs were born at the Chengdu centre in 2020 and they are all said to be healthy. Nine of them are pictured during a festive debut ceremony at the centre on Thursday ahead of China’s Lunar New Year next week

Earlier this week, another ten panda cubs met the public for the first time at the Shenshuping Panda Base in Wolong of Sichuan Province. Pictured, the panda cubs roll around the stage in Chengdu of Sichuan Province on Thursday

Earlier this week, another ten panda cubs met the public for the first time at the Shenshuping Panda Base in Wolong of Sichuan Province. Pictured, the panda cubs roll around the stage in Chengdu of Sichuan Province on Thursday

Official statistics show that 44 panda cubs were born last year in China, raising the number of captive pandas in the nation to 633. The baby bears at the Chengdu centre were pictured frolicking around the stage during their Thursday debut ceremony

Official statistics show that 44 panda cubs were born last year in China, raising the number of captive pandas in the nation to 633. The baby bears at the Chengdu centre were pictured frolicking around the stage during their Thursday debut ceremony

Earlier this week, another ten panda cubs met the public for the first time at the Shenshuping Panda Base in Wolong of Sichuan Province.

The little bears, aged from four to six months, frolicked among Chinese lanterns and traditional decorative ornaments at a festive debut ceremony on Wednesday.

Official statistics show that 44 panda cubs were born last year in China, raising the number of captive pandas in the nation to 633. 

 


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