12 panda cubs try out life on their own in China

By Megan Carpentier
Thursday, January 5, 2012 9:40 EDT
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A panda munches on some leaves in Chengdu, China.
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The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China bred 21 pandas in 2011, bringing the total number of the endangered animals in captivity to 333. Recently, 12 of the panda cubs from the program left their mothers for the first time to live as a group at the center, frolicking in the enclosure and learning just how tricky gravity can be — and it was all caught on tape.

Watch the video, first posted by The Guardian on January 5, 2012, below:

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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