Giant panda twins reach new series of milestones - CBS46 News

Giant panda twins reach new series of milestones

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The only giant pandas in the U.S. are well on their way to a series of exciting new milestones in the life of a growing bear cub.

Eight month old twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun are trying new foods, developing their climbing skills, and showing more evidence of their distinctive personalities.

Although giant panda cubs continue to nurse until they are around 18 months old, Ya and Xi Lun have already begun sampling some of the foods their parents are offered, including sweet potatoes and leafeater biscuits.

Top activities for the 38.8 and 33.84 pound twin pandas are activities such as playing and wrestling with their mother and with each other.

Ya Lun and Xi Lun are the sixth and seventh offspring of Lun Lun and Yang Yang and are the second set of twins born at Zoo Atlanta.

Ya Lun, the older of the duo by 47 minutes, remains the more adventurous cub. Her sister Xi Lun is more reserved and is less likely to be the first to try new experiences.

Fewer than 1,900 giant pandas are estimated to remain in the wild in China's Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.

Giant pandas represent Zoo Atlanta's most significant investment in wildlife conservation.

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