Rare giant panda triplets open eyes for the first time
A rare set of giant panda triplets have opened their eyes for the first time! These baby pandas are the first surviving set of triplets in the world. The Chimelong Safari Park where the triplets were born has launched a worldwide panda naming event, and the grand prize winner can win 80,000 yuan, or about US$13,000.
The rare triplet cubs were born to their mother, Juxiao, on July 29, at the Chimelong Safari Park located in Guangzhou, capital of China's Guangdong Province. The cubs are two males and one female.
The opening of eyes is a critical event in the growth and development of giant pandas. When a baby panda is first born, its eyes are shut tight. At about a week old, black patches appear around the eyes. The eyes open partly after 30 to 45 days, and open fully about a week or two later. Once their eyes are open, they will be able to see and become more aware of the world around them. They will also learn to walk and become more active. The next significant stage in their development is when they growth teeth at the age of four months.
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In the meantime, the Chimelong Safari Park has launched an event to name the baby pandas. As with the Chinese tradition, the baby pandas are formally named when they reach 100 days old. So far, they have received over 600,000 names. The winner will receive a grand prize of 80,000 yuan, or around US$13,000.