China is experiencing a giant panda baby boom, given that eight new cubs were born this year at the world's largest giant panda reserve, the Chengdu Panda Base.
"Pambassador finalist Melissa Katz from the U.S. formally announced the new additions today in Chengdu and all the cubs are in good health and were photographed together for the first time," Alejandro Grau, a spokesperson for the reserve, told Discovery News.
Previously we told you about the "pambassador" program. Congratulations to Katz on becoming a finalist. And clearly it is time to pass around the blue and pink cigars, although black and white colored ones might be more appropriate.
Seven of the eight baby pandas were born in Chengdu. The eighth, born of a Chengdu Panda Base mother, was born at the Wakayama Adventure Zoo in Japan. The names of the eight babies are: Oreo, Xiao Qiao, Si Yi, Yuan Run, Miao Miao, You Bin, and twins Cheng Shuang and Cheng Dui.
The oldest is Oreo, who was born on the opening day of the London Olympics. Oreo weighed less than a half of a pound at birth, but now is a furry and chubby 13 pounds. (Adults can weigh up to 353 pounds.)