Berlin zoo's panda cubs take 1st glimpse of the world

In this photo provide by the Berlin Zoo on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, Panda bear Meng Meng holds one of her twins at the Zoo in Berlin. Zoo Berlin's panda twins, born on Aug. 31, 2019, open their eyes for the first time. (Zoo Berlin via AP)
In this photo provide by the Berlin Zoo on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, a person holds one of the Zoo's Panda twins at the Zoo in Berlin. Zoo Berlin's panda twins, born on Aug. 31, 2019, open their eyes for the first time. (Zoo Berlin via AP)
In this photo provide by the Berlin Zoo on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, one of the Zoo's Panda twins lay near a ruler at the Zoo in Berlin. Zoo Berlin's panda twins, born on Aug. 31, 2019, open their eyes for the first time. (Zoo Berlin via AP)

BERLIN — A Berlin zoo says two panda cubs born in August have opened their eyes to the world for the first time this week.

Zoo Berlin on Friday released pictures of the two cubs cautiously peering at the camera, six weeks after their birth.

Zoo director Andreas Knieriem said the twins — the first giant pandas born in Germany — are both developing well thanks to care from their mother, Meng Meng.

She and father Jiao Qing came to Germany from China two years ago. There are fewer than 2,000 of the endangered pandas estimated alive in the wild today.

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