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24 Oct 2015
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Twin baby pandas join the Olympic family

Two baby pandas were officially named today by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.

President Bach chose the names of Olympia and Fuwa* for the female panda twins that he saw in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding during his visit to China last August.

They join their ‘Olympian‘ cousin  giant panda Cobi who was named after the mascot of the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992.

The breeding centre, which aims to rescue and protect the endangered giant panda species, is now the home of an Olympic giant panda family composed of Colleen, the daughter of Cobi, and his twin granddaughters born in early 2015.

* Fuwa, literally "good-luck dolls", also known as "Friendlies", were the mascots of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.

©IOC / John Gichigi

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