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Watch 23 giant panda cubs make their unbearably cute public debut

Twenty-three giant panda cubs made their public debut at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China on Thursday.
Twenty-three giant panda cubs made their public debut at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China on Thursday. YouTube screengrab

Twenty-three giant panda cubs made their public debut at a panda breeding facility in China on Thursday and, well, we’ll let one visitor tell you what the scene looked like.

“I think it’s just about the cutest thing in the world,” said an American tourist who was there. “I never imagined there would be so many baby pandas in one place.”

The pandas were all born this year, according to ABC News, at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

They were laid out on a giant table for a photo and video opportunity that has gone global. The fluffy, black-and-white cubs laid next to each other in one giant mass of adorable.

“I thought they were toys because they were lying there motionless. Then I realized they were cute baby pandas,” said one woman who watched.

One little cub was so excited by all the commotion he rolled right off the table, faceplanting on the ground.

The event helped highlight the research base’s conservation efforts. Its 113 captive giant pandas are the largest artificially bred population in the world.

Though the International Union for Conservation of Nature downgraded pandas from endangered to vulnerable earlier this year, the species remains under threat.

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