The first 100 Days of Mei Lun and Mei Huan
If this isn't the cutest time-lapse video of two panda twins' first 100 days, then please send us the link to whatever video you're watching. It sounds precious.
Zoo Atlanta's baby pandas, the first panda twins born in the United States in 26 years, have officially turned 100 days old, which means that they have been given names. To celebrate, Atlanta released this squee-worthy time-lapse video.
"One hundred days of 'Cub A' and 'Cub B' are over and the twin giant panda cubs have officially been named Mei Lun and Mei Huan," Zoo Atlanta announces alongside the video.
For the first 16 days, they look SO WEIRD. Like little pink aliens. By day 25, they actually start to look like pandas and by day 40 they're adorable. By day 95 we want one. Right now. To cuddle.
The baby boys, born two minutes apart on July 15 to mother Lun Lun and father Yang Yang, are not only the first pair of twins born in the U.S. in over two decades, but the first surviving set of giant panda twins born in the U.S. ever.
"In the wild, giant panda moms typically care for only one cub when twins are born. Thus, it is normal in the wild for only one of the twins to survive," Zoo Atlanta explained in the comments of the YouTube video.
They continue, "Giant panda twins have survived in zoos within and outside of China. Usually this is accomplished by rotating the cubs with the mother for the first few months. However, giant pandas are born very tiny, and there is a high risk of mortality in the first few months."