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Your morning adorable: The doctor is in for Melbourne Zoo's twin red panda cubs

February 2, 2010 | 11:15 am

Melbourne zoo keepers hold twin baby Red Pandas prior to their 
vaccination in Melbourne, Australia

Two endangered red panda cubs, born at Australia's Melbourne Zoo on Dec. 10, received their first vaccinations Monday at the zoo. The still-unnamed cubs, one male and one female, are the first offspring of mother Roshani and father Sathi, who were brought to the zoo as part of a conservation breeding program in 2009. 

"Their eyes are open, so hopefully within the next month to six weeks they should definitely be out in the exhibit," keeper Meagan Thomas told Australia's Herald Sun newspaper.

Red pandas are native to the mountains of Nepal, Myanmar and China, where their habitat is shrinking as a result of deforestation. As adults, these cubs will grow to about the size of a common house cat, but their raccoon-like tails will add another foot-and-a-half spread to their small frames.

See more photos of the cubs after the jump!

Melbourne zoo keepers hold twin baby Red Pandas prior to their 
vaccination in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne zoo keepers hold twin baby Red Pandas prior to their 
vaccination in Melbourne, Australia

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: Luis Enrique Ascui / European Pressphoto Agency

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