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14 baby pandas cuddle in giant crib [VIDEO]

Chengdu's latest cupboard of panda cubs is the cutest thing to hit the Internet in a while.
By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Sept. 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM   |   Comments

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Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The Internet loves baby pandas almost as much as it loves cats and today's edition is one for the ages.

At Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, panda keepers assembled 14 baby pandas, all less than three months old, in a giant crib of cuteness.

The biggest of the babies weighs in at about 4 kilos (about 8 pounds), whereas the smallest just 700 grams (1.5 pounds).

Only about 1,000 pandas are left in the world, and almost 80 percent of them live in Chengdu's Sichuan province. Other countries' zoos can rent pandas -- to the tune of almost $1 million a year -- and all cubs born to pandas abroad still belong to China.

The U.S. has welcomed three baby panda cubs in just the past few months, with twins born at Zoo Atlanta in July and a girl cub born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., last month.

Watch the video -- and try to keep the squeeing to a minimum.

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