Panda cubs and termite guts — August’s best science images

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Baby bears. France’s Beauval ZooParc celebrated the arrival of twin panda cubs after female Huan Huan gave birth on 2 August. Adult giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) can weigh up to 125 kilograms, but their newborns are tiny, blind and almost hairless. The animals are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity, and the zoo described the cubs’ birth as “exceptional”. There are now around 1,800 giant pandas in the wild, Chinese officials say, and they are no longer considered endangered, but are still vulnerable.

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