What's better than one baby panda? Three baby pandas! And what's even better than three baby pandas? Three miracle baby pandas!
And that's what we just got from China. For what experts believe is the first time in history, panda triplets were successfully brought into this world on July 29 and they are still thriving. An official from Sichuan Wolong National Natural Reserve stated that the cubs can only be classified as "surviving" once they reach six months, but they believe they are the only surviving panda triplets in the world.
The pandas, who don't have names as of yet, were born through China's artificial breeding program in the southern city of Guangzhou. The mother, Ju Xiao, was inseminated in March and is said to be doing great weeks after the birth.
The triplets were born within four hours of each other, weigh between 8 and 12 ounces and are obviously the most adorable, fuzzy things that we've ever seen in our entire lives.
Pandas are an extremely endangered spieces, which is why China has thrown major resources at the artificial breeding program. There are only about 1,600 giant pandas in the wild, with the low birth rate and loss of habitat to blame for their dwindling numbers. More than 300 live in captivity right now, mostly in China's breeding programs.
"The triplets can be described as a new wonder of the world," Chimelong Safari Park said about the miracle pandas. "The mother and babies were in good condition, but the adorable newborns were particularly inspiring."
We love you, miracle panda triplets! And we will be taking name ideas in the comments. We like Zelda, Link and Gannon. But that's just our humble suggestion.