CHENGDU: Thirty-six panda cubs born this year made their first public appearance on Friday (Oct 13) at China's Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Sichuan province.
They are among 42 panda babies born to 30 mothers in China this year, a new record for the breeding programme. Fifteen pairs are twins.
"The number of cubs born this year shows our preservation and breeding techniques have matured," deputy head of the centre Zhang Hemin told CCTV.
The group of panda cubs on display on Friday are aged one month to five months.
Some of the cubs were born to first-time mothers lacking nursing experience and needed additional care from the panda keepers, CCTV reported, adding that keepers have been on duty round the clock to ensure that the pandas are healthy and happy.