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A group of artificially bred panda cubs were put together on Monday, for the first time since their births in the city of ...
Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan Provinces. (Sept. 23)
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SHOTLIST:CCTV - NO ACCESS CHINAChengdu, China -- September 23, 20131. Various of panda cubs lying together2. Close of panda cub3. Zoom out of panda cubs4. Close of panda cub5. Close of panda in keeper's arms6. Zoom in of panda Nan Nan7. Mid of panda Nan Nan in incubator8. Close of panda cub9. Various of panda cubs10. Various of keeper holding panda cubs in arms11. Various of panda cubs12. Mid of panda cubs in keeper's arms13. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Mao Min, Keeper in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding:"The eldest cub weighs a bit less than four kilograms and the youngest weighs only about 600 grams."14. Various of panda cubsSTORYLINE:A group of artificially bred panda cubs were put together on Monday, for the first time since their births in the city of Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan Provinces.The 14 panda cubs, born between July and September this year, are currently being raised in two delivery rooms in the the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base.Among the 14 cubs, the eldest one, Meng Meng, is four times heavier than the youngest, Ya Yi. In fact, the two were born only 40 days apart."The eldest cub weighs a bit less than four kilograms and the youngest weighs only about 600 grams," said Mao Min, a keeper with the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base.The most dangerous period for the panda cubs is during their first ten days, when they are most susceptible to diseases or may die from improper feeding. Panda cubs won't open their eyes until about 100 days after the birth.This year the Chengdu facility has seen 17 artificially-bred panda cubs born, 14 in China and three others in the United States and Spain.