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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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Delivery driver's reaction to snacks left for him shows how a little kindness goes a long way

'Seeing a grown man get so excited about Capri Sun is extra wholesome.'

"Dee" the delivery guy stoked to get some Doritos.

Sometimes the smallest gesture can change someone’s day for the better, especially when that act of kindness lets them know their work is appreciated. Over the last few years, delivery drivers have done a fantastic job keeping people healthy during the pandemic, so Toni Hillison Barnett told News 11 that she and her husband started a tradition of leaving snacks for their drivers on the front porch.

The Barnetts, who live in Louisville, Kentucky, can see the drivers' reactions by recording them on their doorbell cameras. “I live for reactions like this to our snack cart! Thx to all of the delivery drivers out there! We appreciate you!” Toni wrote on an Instagram post.

Recently, one of the Barnetts’ delivery guys, a joyous fellow that we believe is known as Dee, went viral on TikTok because of his positive reaction to receiving some snacks during his deliveries. The snacks are tasty, no doubt. But it’s also wonderful to feel appreciated. After Toni posted the video, it received more than 100,000 views.

“Oh my God, you guys are the best, I gotta take a snapshot of this,” Dee can be heard saying in the video. “Oh, Capri Suns are my favorite, Yes!”

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In 2018 Chadwick Boseman returned to his alma mater to give an unforgettable speech

The Black Panther star left behind so many powerful memories.

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Chadwick Boseman delivers amazing commencement speech.

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Howard University alumnus Chadwick Boseman returned to the school to deliver its commencement address.

Speaking to Howard's class of 2018, Boseman channeled his inner T'Challa for an engaging, inspiring half hour filled with bits of wisdom for students and onlookers alike.

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He gave great performances in the musical comedy classics, "A Hard Days Night" and "Help!" while holding his own during The Beatles' notoriously anarchic press conferences. After he left the band in 1970, in addition to his musical career, he would produce the 1979 Monty Python classic, "The Life of Brian."

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Christopher Meloni responded to a fan's 'Law & Order: SVU' themed wedding invitation

Fans have some hilarious suggestions for how to make the most of his appearance.

Nothing beats a response from the Zaddy himself.

You may have heard of Christopher Meloni. You know, the actor who’s starred in 12 seasons of a little show called “Law & Order: SVU"? Whose character was so popular he got his own spinoff show? The originator of the “zaddy” moniker? Yeah, that guy.

Well, it’s no secret that the 61-year-old actor, and the show that put him on the map, has a loyal fan base. Recently, a couple, clearly dedicated to the show, decided to tie the knot with a series of “Law & Order”-themed wedding invitations. Naturally, they invited Detective Elliot Stabler himself.

“Chris, please come to my wedding,” tweeted Kelly Heenan, the bride-to-be. Along with her request, she posted a photo of her wedding invitation, which was a spitting image of the show's iconic poster.

The couple’s dedication apparently paid off, because Meloni replied with a simple “and do what?” This set off a hilarious slew of suggestions from fans, who knew exactly how to make the most of this proposed appearance.

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