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OMG!! TWIN BABY PANDAS!!

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If you've been to the Atlanta Zoo lately, you might have heard there are two new additions: twin baby pandas. The two brothers are the only surviving panda twins in the U-S. CNN's Alina Machado has a behind-the-scenes glimpse a the baby boys.

"This is Cub B, yup. Oh!"

Meet the twin panda brothers causing sheer pandemonium at the Atlanta Zoo.

"If it's possible, they get cuter every time I see them."

We suited up to go inside the panda nursery...
"All right, I think I'm all set!"
... to see how the only surviving twin pandas born in the US are doing.
"They are really on track with the other cubs that we've had here."

Every week, Dr. Kate Leach gives the cubs a thorough check-up.

"What are you doing now? Checking their eyes?"
"Checking eyes. Looking at their gums. No teeth yet, not for a little while."

Each little guy is measured and weighed. Doctors even listen to the heart and lungs.  Today, everything looks and sounds great, according to Dr. Leach.  

"Is he kind of purring?"
"A little bit of a purr, grunt, yup."

Each cub weighs about 4 pounds. The progress is considerable:  they were about as big as a stick of butter when they were born. To get from there to where they are today, staff have been helping their mom, Lun Lun, care for them. While one panda stays in an incubator, the other spends some time with mom.

Zoo staff swaps them out every four hours.

"It sounds exhausting."
"It's been exhausting, but with this much cuteness you can't begrudge any of the long hours at all."
"Keeps you going?"
"Absolutely."

The Atlanta Zoo is one of four in the US with pandas.


"Even though they're born here, they still belong to China."  

Zoo Atlanta Curator of Mammals, Rebecca Snyder, says the zoo pays to have the animals on loan.

"So, having them here helps us to raise the money to conserve them in China."

And China is where the twins will end up in a few years. Until then, they'll be in the care of doting doctors and staffers.

"A has a little bit thinner band over on what we call the saddle, compared to B, oh goodness!"

Who can't get over these sweet little faces!

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