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December 2013: The first Panda cub twins to survive birth in an American zoo went on display for the first time. My wife has been a volunteer docent and animal handler at Zoo Atlanta since 1996. So, I took my camera as soon as we could see the cubs in public. Enjoy my panda pics.

The Love of my Life

The Love of my Life

with the love of her life. Genie has been a docent, tour guide and animal handler at Zoo Atlanta since 1996. She volunteers there a couple of days a week. Here she poses with the daddy of the five panda cubs born at Zoo Atlanta.

Tiny Helpless Creature

Tiny Helpless Creature

I snapped the photo at a slide show at a donor dinner where we got to see the cubs for the first time.

Showing off the Twins

Showing off the Twins

Having twins is quite a coup. These are the first twin panda cubs to survive in an American zoo. We were excited to go to a donor dinner and get an early peak at the twins.

Bringing the Babies out

Bringing the Babies out

A couple of days after the dinner, Genie got word that they planned to bring the twins out at 10:30 the next morning and let the public get a first glimpse. Here the keeper brings them to the far end of the enclosure, so they would at least have to walk across to the door to leave.

Twin Panda Cubs

Twin Panda Cubs

The twins stayed out in the room for less than ten minutes. Glad I was on hand ready to shoot these pictures.

Cute bundles of fur

Cute bundles of fur

Incredibly cute

Checking out the Place

Exploring and Climbing

It's a new world

It's a new world

The twins have just started to walk on their own. They are hairless and helpless when born. Now they are about four months old.

They are trying to figure out bamboo

Look at that face

Baby needs a bath

Baby needs a bath

Already showing some dirt around the edges

Taking it all in

They love the cool weather

They love the cool weather

Pandas live in mountainous areas of China, so the cool weather suits them just fine.

Mirror image

Sniffing around

Highly Endangered

Highly Endangered

Breeding and rearing cubs is incredibly difficult, and breeding in the wild is rare.

Big Brother Po

Big Brother Po

Our three year old Panda named Po

Leo says Hi

Leo says Hi

Our grandson checks out the Panda

Pandas pics from earlier times

Pandas pics from earlier times

The following pictures were all taken at Zoo Atlanta in spring 2011

Circa 2007

Circa 2007

The rest of the Panda shots are from Zoo Atlanta in April 2007

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