Dozy baby pandas snooze through photoshoot

Posted: September 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
Panda cub nursery

There a real handful, but these cubs could help ensure the future of the giant panda population in China / AFP Source: AFP

Panda cub nursery

The cubs nap at a nursery in the research base of the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, Sichuan province / AFP Source: AFP

A DOZEN dozy pandas have made their first public appearance since their births – maximising the cuteness factor in a shared cot.

The pandas were caught napping at a nursery at the Giant Panda Breeding Centre at Chengdu, southwest China.

The research base started with just six pandas in 1987 and now has 108, The Sun reports.

China is this year holding its once-a-decade panda census, trying to determine how many of the endangered animals live in the wild amid continued efforts to boost their numbers.

The census – the fourth since it was first launched in the 1970s – is also expected to ascertain pandas’ living conditions, ages and any change in habitat.

The count a decade ago found 1596 pandas left in the wild in China, with 1206 of them living in Sichuan province, AFP reports.

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