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25 panda cubs born at Ya'an base in Sichuan

TWENTY-FIVE giant panda cubs have been born at a protection center for the endangered animal in southwest China's Sichuan Province since a devastating earthquake hit the province on May 12, 2008, authorities said yesterday.

Thirteen cubs were born last year and 12 this year at the Ya'an base of the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center. They are all healthy, said Zhou Xiaoping, the center's deputy chief engineer.

Several more cubs will be born in the next two months, Zhou said.

The Ya'an base is being renovated to improve water and power supply systems for the new inhabitants.

"We will improve the infrastructure to provide a better home for the pandas," said Tang Chunxiang, the center's veterinary hospital head.

Last year, more than 40 pandas were relocated from the Wolong base to Ya'an after the earthquake.

The base has 81 pandas.


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