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Your morning adorable: Giant panda holds a stuffed animal, looks darn cute doing it

November 15, 2010 | 12:01 pm

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Few things can match a giant panda in the field of cuteness -- OK, maybe squirmy puppies, koala joeys, fennec foxes and knobby-kneed moose calves come close -- but the panda above seems really determined to send his adorableness into the stratosphere.

How else can one explain the fact that he is not only holding a stuffed animal, but also sticking his tongue out just slightly while doing so?

We can only consider this a challenge to other cute animals, a dare to work harder and be more relentlessly adorable.

Either that, or it's a promotion for the 2010 Asian Games -- and he's holding the mascot -- which kicked off Friday in Guangzhou, China. Athletes from 45 Asian countries and territories are competing in the  event, which concludes Nov. 27.

See another photo after the jump!

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Your morning adorable: Madrid Zoo's giant panda twins entertain a royal visitor
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-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: AFP/Getty Images

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