ANIMAL PHOTOS WEEKLY: Bubble-Blowing Beluga, More

ANIMAL PHOTOS WEEKLY: Bubble-Blowing Beluga, More
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Chengdu, China, July 28, 2008—One of four giant panda cubs born within 14 hours of each other stretches at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center in Sichuan Province.

The birth of four pandas in quick succession is a rarity—and a boost to the population of highly endangered species. All four cubs stem from an artificial-breeding program. Two are twins.

The center is home to 71 pandas. Only about 1,590 remain in the wild, mostly in bamboo-covered mountainous areas.
—Photograph by Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images
 
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