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Watch These Adorable Twin Panda Cubs Take Their First Steps in Public

The twin cubs are the second and third pandas to be born in France.

Twin Panda Cubs in Beauval Zoo

Courtesy of Zooparc De Beauval

By Jessica Poitevien

Dec 24, 2021

BABY PANDAS ARE CUTE enough but twin baby pandas are almost unBEARable. Pun intended.

The female twins, named Huanlili and Yuandudu, were born in early August at the Beauval Zoo, or ZooParc de Beauval, in France. Since the cubs were entirely reliant on their mothers during their first few months of life, Huanlili and Yuandudu didn’t appear in public until December 11 when they were about four months old.

In their earliest days, pandas aren’t exactly the lovable balls of black and white fur that we know them to be. They’re born blind, furless, and pink.

For animal lovers, the wait has paid off. In a video released by Beauval Zoo, located just south of Paris, the twin panda cubs can be seen clumsily exploring the territory they’ll call home. There’s some slipping and sliding on the smooth floor and at one point, they’re even seen trying to climb the rocks with mild success.

The cubs’ mother, Huan Huan, and father, Yuan Zi, also call the Beauval Zoo home and are on a 10-year loan from China as a way to highlight the nation’s good relationship with France, The Associated Press reported. Huanlili and Yuandudu are France’s second and third cubs after Yuan Meng, the first panda ever born in France, came into the world in 2017.

Pandas make for great social media stars. Prior to this video of the twin cubs in France, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., released footage of its resident panda family frolicking in the snow that went viral for being so endearing.

As local celebrities of sorts, Huanlili and Yuandudu also have famous (human) godparents: French soccer star Kylian Mbappé and Chinese Olympic diving champion, Zhang Jiaqi. The athletes even announced the twin panda cubs’ names during a ceremony in November.

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