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They’re growing up so fast: Toronto Zoo cubs looking more like pandas

CityNews | posted Friday, Oct 23rd, 2015

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Awww … are you ready for some Friday cuteness?

The Toronto Zoo’s twin giant baby pandas are starting to look more like, well, pandas.

In the latest pictures posted by @TheTorontoZoo, you can clearly see the black and white markings.

“Both cubs continue to do well but are still in a very critical stage and will be for several more weeks,” the Zoo said in a tweet.

The Toronto Zoo's baby pandas on Oct. 23, 2015. TORONTO ZOO
The Toronto Zoo’s baby pandas on Oct. 23, 2015. TORONTO ZOO

The Toronto Zoo's baby pandas on Oct. 23, 2015. TORONTO ZOO
The Toronto Zoo’s baby pandas on Oct. 23, 2015. TORONTO ZOO

The zoo has also tweeted a photo of mom Er Shun cradling one of the tiny cubs, showing “great maternal instincts.”

https://twitter.com/TheTorontoZoo/status/657558016108179457

The adorable pandas, who were born on Oct. 13, will be two weeks old on Tuesday.

It may take several months to determine the cubs’ sex and they have not yet been named. There is no immediate plan to show them to the public, but the zoo has been updating its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds with photos of the cubs.

For now, they are living between their mother’s care and an incubator. The incubator, which was donated by the Hospital for Sick Children, is set up in a quarantined room next to the panda’s maternity ward. The ward is closed to the public.

Earlier this week, the zoo posted a video of one of the cubs in an incubator. Watch it below, or click herefor a mobile-friendly link.

Click here to follow the cubs’ progress.

Sperm from three different donors – Toronto Zoo resident Da Mao and two pandas in China – was used during the one-day fertility window back on May 14, and it’s unclear whether the cubs are twins.

If they survive, the cubs will live at the zoo for about two years and will likely return to China once they are weaned from Er Shun.

With files from The Canadian Press

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