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'Miracle' panda triplets open their eyes in Chinese zoo - AFP


A set of giant panda triplets being shown to the public for the first time after they opened their eyes at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province on September 18, 2014 (AFP Photo/STR)

A set of panda triplets, known as the world's only surviving trio, have opened their eyes for the first time more than a month after their birth in a Chinese zoo. The trio's births at the end of July were hailed as a "miracle" given the animal's famously low reproductive rate.

A video from the zoo showed the three cubs now covered with white and black fur squealing and moving about with their eyes open. "The panda triplets have all opened their eyes and are in good, healthy condition," Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park said in a statement Thursday.

The second panda to be born was the first to open their eyes, followed by the lastborn and then the firstborn. The cubs, the size of a small dog, weighed from 2,678 to 2,886 grams (5.9 to 6.3 pounds), the statement said. 

"Each one is starting to show its own individuality. ...more

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