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Last Updated: Thursday August 17 2006 13:38 GMT

In pictures: Baby pandas

There's been a giant panda baby boom in China with 11 cubs born this year, including this - the smallest one ever on record at just 51g - the size of a small chocolate bar!

There's been a giant panda baby boom in China with 11 cubs born this year, including this - the smallest one ever on record at just 51g - the size of a small chocolate bar!

And this little beauty, crawling around in a special incubator, was the heaviest ever. He weighed about 250g - the same as a packet of butter

And this little beauty, crawling around in a special incubator, was the heaviest ever. He weighed about 250g - the same as a packet of butter

The wrinkly cubs are being born in special breeding centres in a bid to boost panda numbers as there are only about 1,600 left in the wild

The wrinkly cubs are being born in special breeding centres in a bid to boost panda numbers as there are only about 1,600 left in the wild

Among the new arrivals are four sets of twins. Giant panda cubs are born blind and helpless, with a thin layer of fur

Among the new arrivals are four sets of twins. Giant panda cubs are born blind and helpless, with a thin layer of fur

Proud mum Bai Xue cuddles her baby as she tucks into some bread, although giant pandas mainly eat bamboo shoots

Proud mum Bai Xue cuddles her baby as she tucks into some bread, although giant pandas mainly eat bamboo shoots