Twelve giant panda cubs born in China

  • 7 October 2011

Twelve giant panda cubs born in China have been shown off to the public for the first time.

The furry friends were brought outside to enjoy a bit of sun at the research centre where they live.

The centre breeds the black and white bears to encourage their survival. Giant pandas are endangered animals because of forests being destroyed where they live.

The research centre was started in 1987 with just six pandas, but the new arrivals bring the total up to 108. The staff also breed red pandas and monkeys which are also threatened in the wild.

They may look small here but giant pandas can grow up to 1.8 metres in length!