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Giant panda population flourishing in China

24 births have been documented this year

SICHUAN, China (CBS) - As of Wednesday, a panda conservation and research center in southwest China's Sichuan Province has bred alive 24 panda newborns since the start of this year. Researchers report this as a sign that the giant panda population is now flourishing in China.

The Shenshuping base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda has been housing these newborn pandas.

"So far, the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda has bred 24 panda cubs of 15 births, including nine twin pairs, indicating a good breeding result," said Li Guo, an expert with the Shenshuping giant panda base.

Caretakers confirm the cubs are anywhere from ten days, to three months old; where they most of their day enjoying their mother's tender care or rest comfortably in her arms.

"The center has recorded a relatively high birth rate of panda twins this year, owing to notable improvement in management and breeding approaches. It has provided a very strong guarantee for advanced scientific research regarding breeding, mating in the wild, and release to nature, among a host of other research projects," added Li.

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