Eating, sleeping, and saving the earth — all in a day's work for these newborn pandas.

When a baby panda is born, it's a big deal.

Because, seriously, who doesn't want more of this?


It's all fun and games until you have to put them through college. Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images.

Even though the wild panda population has grown 17% in the past decade, the bears remain critically endangered.

No, not even cuteness can save the pandas. Doesn't stop them from trying. Image via Thinkstock.

There are 1,864 pandas in the wild. While the numbers show conservation efforts may be working, pandas are still pushed out of feeding grounds by agriculture and other human activity. Land restoration and breeding advancements may be the key to more healthy pandas in the wild.

And what's better than one baby panda? Twin baby pandas!

These two panda sisters were born June 22 at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to their mother, Kelin, who was artificially inseminated in January.

Images by CCTV+.

Needless to say, people are a little excited.

The babies are maintaining their temperature and getting enough to eat, two signs of good health.

Considering they'll grow to over 220 pounds, the cubs are downright tiny. Right now, they're as long as a stick of butter, and they weigh just a few ounces.

But they're more than just cute — pandas do amazing things for the environment!

Pandas are essentially a furry version of Captain Planet. They do a lot of the heavy lifting for China's bamboo forests by spreading seeds and helping plants grow.

Just chilling and saving the environment. Might take a nap later. Big day today. Image by STR/AFP/Getty Images.

If pandas go extinct, that spells bad news for the environment.

Without pandas, other animals and plants would be endangered, and it could mean the end of several food and income sources for humans.

That's why conservation efforts and research facilities like the one in Chengdu are so important.

When's the last time you helped anything by eating and pooping? Exactly. Photo by Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images.

So today, we celebrate Kelin and the Chengdu Research Base on the birth of two healthy cubs.

They're small and hairless now, but with conservation, research, and a whole lot of love, these sisters will grow up to lead long, happy, bamboo-eating, earth-saving lives.

To see more of the newborn pandas in action, watch this short video from CCTV+.

(Some of it is in Mandarin, but baby pandas are a universal language.)

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"Unfortunately," she says, "I took my bad relationship with me. At the time, I didn't realize it was so bad, much less, abusive. Seeing and hearing about abusive relationships while growing up gave me the mentality that it was just a normal way of life."

Those college years away from home were difficult for a lot of reasons. She had three small children — two in diapers, one in elementary school — as well as a full-time University class schedule and a part-time job as a housekeeper.

"I wore many masks back then and clothing that would cover the bruises," she remembers. "Despite the darkness that I was living in, I was a great student; I knew that no matter what, I HAD to succeed. I knew there was more to my future than what I was living, so I kept working hard."

While searching for an elective class during this time, she came across a one-credit, 20-hour IMPACT self-defense class that could be done over a weekend. That single credit changed her life forever. It helped give her the confidence to leave her abusive relationship and inspired her to bring IMPACT classes to other Native women in her community.

I walked into class on a Friday thinking that I would simply learn how to handle a person trying to rob me, and I walked out on a Sunday evening with a voice so powerful that I could handle the most passive attacks to my being, along with physical attacks."

It didn't take long for her to notice the difference the class was making in her life.

"I was setting boundaries and people were either respecting them or not, but I was able to acknowledge who was worth keeping in my life and who wasn't," she says.

Following the class, she also joined a roller derby league where she met many other powerful women who inspired her — and during that summer, she found the courage to leave her abuser.

"As afraid as I was, I finally had the courage to report the abuse to legal authorities, and I had the support of friends and family who provided comfort for my children and I during this time," she says.

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