Pandas are solitary animals, and rarely form groups in the wild, so this huddle of 14 cubs is a really special occasion!
The babies were filmed last year after being bred artificially in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Normally, a female only gives birth to one cub, but this July a female called Juxiao had triplets and they all survived, which is a world first.
So what would you call a group of panda cubs?
Well, a pack of bears is called a sleuth or sloth, but pandas are kind of special and get their own collective names to choose from:
- A bamboo of pandas,
- An embarrassment of pandas,
- A cupboard of pandas.
Bamboo I can understand, but I’m not sure where embarrassment comes from?
Cupboard is apparently the official zoological term after a heated debate at a Royal Society symposium in 1866. Before that people were saying things like a spoonful or a dream of pandas.
But a cupboard of baby pandas doesn’t sound quite right to me, although it does have a cute mental image. Personally I would call them a pod of pandalings or just a mischief!
— lisa harrison (@lisanharrison) October 7, 2014
Pandas doing Panda stuff. Enjoy. pic.twitter.com/cKWUFrObfA
— Killer Kitsch (@killer_kitsch) October 12, 2014
For more interesting info about these gorgeous cubs, read our story on baby panda facts.