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Zoo Atlanta twin panda cubs are beginning to look like pandas

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The twin panda cubs born at Zoo Atlanta on Monday are causing quite a stir. Lun Lun's twins are the first panda twins born in the United States. Because there are two, it's twice the challenge for the zoo. 

"Giant panda mothers don't often care for both offspring when they have twins. What we're doing right now is swapping those with her. While she's caring for one, the other's in the incubator. Every two hours or so those are swapped. We take one from her, give her the other back," Deputy Director Dr. Dwight Lawson said.

So far the cubs are thriving, but Lawson said, every day is critical.

"We're still not out of the woods. It's still really early. They're still really young and fragile. We're thrilled how Lun's doing and how the staff has adapted to all this, so keep your fingers crossed this continues to go well," Lawson said.

The cubs are starting to show panda characteristics, but it will take about 25 days for their hair to fill in.

"Their tails are getting a little different. When they're adults they really don't have a tail, and some of the black and coloration is coming in around their eyes and part of their bodies, so they're starting to look a little panda like," Lawson said.

The pandas are on loan from China. Eventually the cubs will go back there, but probably not for three to five years.

Following Chinese tradition, the cubs won't be named until they are 100 days old. Zoo Atlanta is still deciding if they have a contest to name them like they did when Lun Lun's first panda cub, Mei Lan, was born in 2006.

Click here to take a look at the around-the-clock panda cam.  

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