Pets & Animals

Baby pandas in baskets provide hope for endangered species

When it comes to cuteness, you have to evaluate your options. Sure, there are pandas. But then there are baby pandas. And then there are photos of baby pandas in baskets drinking from tiny bottles.

Take your pick.

These giant panda cubs were born at various times throughout 2015 (they range in age from 1 week to 2 months old) at a breeding center in China's Ya'an, Sichuan province. On Friday, the babies were placed in a window of the center so that the public could finally get a glance.

The young bears are a special sight in a world where giant pandas are endangered. Currently, there are just 1,864 living in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Hopefully this new litter of cubs is a sign that the species can one day make a full comeback. In the meantime, we'll stay optimistic by ooh-ing and aah-ing over these adorable tykes.

Li Qiaoqiao / Zuma Press
Aug. 21, 2015 - Ya'An, China - A baby panda is seen in Ya'an Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan Province. (Credit Image: © Li Qiaoqiao/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)
Li Qiaoqiao / Zuma Press
Aug. 21, 2015 - Ya'An, China - Three baby pandas are seen in Ya'an Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan Province. Ten baby pandas born this year in Ya'an Giant Panda Protection and Research Center were shown during their debut appearance to visitors at a giant panda breeding center. (Credit Image: © Li Qiaoqiao/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)
Li Qiaoqiao / Zuma Press
Aug. 21, 2015 - Ya'an, China - Baby pandas are seen in Ya'an Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan Province. Ten baby pandas born this year in Ya'an Giant Panda Protection and Research Center met with public Friday. A total of 21 giant pandas have been born in the center this year so far and a record of newborn babies is likely to be created. (Credit Image: © Li Qiaoqiao/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)
Li Qiaoqiao / Zuma Press
Aug. 21, 2015 - Ya'An, China - A newborn panda drinks from a bottle in Ya'an Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan Province. (Credit Image: © Li Qiaoqiao/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)
Li Qiaoqiao / Zuma Press
Aug. 21, 2015 - Ya'An, China - Baby pandas are seen in Ya'an Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan Province. (Credit Image: © Li Qiaoqiao/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)
Li Qiaoqiao / Zuma Press
Aug. 21, 2015 - Ya'An, China - A baby panda is seen in Ya'an Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan Province. Ten baby pandas born this year in Ya'an Giant Panda Protection and Research Center were shown during their debut appearance to visitors at a giant panda breeding center. (Credit Image: © Li Qiaoqiao/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)
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