A pair of twin giant pandas born in a wildlife center in southwest China have become the first pandas born in the world this year.
The two panda cubs were born just 10 minutes apart on Sunday at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan, part of the Wolong Nature Reserve.
One of the cubs is a female who weighed 2.79 oz at birth, the Associated Press reports. The other cub's gender and weight is not yet known because it has not yet been released from its mother, Haizi.
Pandas are typically born after a five-month pregnancy. The cubs are blind at birth and cannot crawl until they reach three months of age, according to National Geographic.
The pandas are born white and will develop their coloring later on in life.
The two new panda cubs join a species that now has less than 2,000 of its kind left in the wild. More than 300 pandas live in captivity, according to the Associated Press.
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