Record number of giant panda cubs melt hearts at first public appearance
Little panda makes his first public wave (Picture: Getty)

Dozens of adorable baby giant pandas born this year made their first public appearance today.

And as expected, it was a cuteness overload.

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A total of 17 pandas were shown off at the Bifengxia Base of the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda, in the Sichuan city of Ya’an.

The others met the public at Shenshuping protection base in Wolong National Nature Reserve.

The centre broke its record this year after successfully breeding 42 giant pandas cubs in 2017.

Record number of giant panda cubs melt hearts at first public appearance
19 giant panda cubs and their keepers pose for photos (Picture: Getty)
Record number of giant panda cubs melt hearts at first public appearance
Too much cuteness (Picture: Getty)
Record number of giant panda cubs melt hearts at first public appearance
Hands up if you’re cute (Picture: Getty)
Record number of giant panda cubs melt hearts at first public appearance
Imagine being hugged by baby pandas. Now imagine that’s your job. (Picture: REX)
Record number of giant panda cubs melt hearts at first public appearance
The centre has successfully bred 42 panda cubs this year – a record amount (Picture: Getty)
Record number of giant panda cubs melt hearts at first public appearance
Even the bigger cubs got hugs (Picture: REX)

Before the grand unveiling, keepers have been working non-stop since May making sure the pandas are well-fed and cared for, Xinhua Net reports.

‘The number of cubs born this year shows our preservation and breeding techniques have matured,’ the centre’s deputy head, Zhang Hemin said.

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The fertility and survival rate of cubs at the centre reached 87 per cent and 95 per cent respectively this year, Zhang added.

Better breeding technology has seen the number of giant pandas boom from just six born in 1983 to 273 this year.

In the wild, giant pandas populate southern Gansu and Shaanxi provinces, as well as the mountains of northern Sichuan.

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