There are few things as adorable as a giant panda cub.
Actually, I have dreams of seeing them in their natural habitat at least once a month, and while that’s not going to happen anytime soon, the next best thing to seeing these cuties in the wild is seeing them at the Toronto Zoo.
The zoo announced its new arrivals on Oct. 13, when mom Er Shun gave birth to twins, and now that the cubs are 8 weeks old, they are finally starting to open their eyes. Awwww!
Toronto Zoo gave a cub update via Facebook on Wednesday, revealing that the baby pandas’ eyes are “now partially open.” Which can happen at any time during the age of 6 to 8 weeks. “Their eyes are sensitive to both light and dark, however they cannot yet see clearly,” the post continued.
But the fact that the cubs are now starting to see is not the only change they’re going through, because, “Their vocalizations are also changing and becoming stronger each day.”
Plus, these little cuties are growing fast! They are both now over 2,000 grams and are an average of 48 centimetres in length.
But before you rush to the zoo to view the cubs, you should know that they won’t be viewable to the public until they are approximately 4 to 5 months old, and will be living within the maternity area of the Giant Panda House until that time.
According to Toronto Zoo, “This is still a very critical time for these cubs. Both Er Shun and the cubs will remain in the maternity den which is not viewable to the public however, Er Shun now periodically has access to her day room to promote exercise and to give her a chance to eat her bamboo. #?TOPandaCubs.”
While we can’t see them just yet, this video is a great sample of their cuteness — and the hours we’ll spend watching them when they’re older.