23 Baby Pandas, Including One That Fell off Stage, Snooze During First Public Appearance
Despite the celebration, it was not quite panda-monium when nearly two dozen cubs were introduced for the first time in China.
The 23 panda cubs, all under 4 months old, were caught snoozing on stage in Sichuan, a central China province, as hundreds flocked to the breeding facility.
One little guy even fell off the stage.
"I think this is just about the cutest thing in the entire world," an American tourist told local media, according to the Associated Press.
The event was held to celebrate a baby panda boom at the Chengdu Research Base of the Giant Panda this year.
They reported a total of 27 baby pandas, including four born overseas from pandas on loan — double the amount of pandas born in 2015.
Experts say the baby-boom is due to improvements in breeding technology at the base.
Thanks to their conservation efforts of the Chinese facility, the species is now being classified as "vulnerable" instead of "endangered," according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.