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15 don't-miss animal photos from June

June 28, 2012, 5:32 p.m.
A handler cradles a baby panda that appears to be waving to its adoring fans

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Bow to your panda overlords

A handler cradles a baby panda that appears to be waving to its adoring fans on June 24 at the Panda Research Base in Chengdu, China.

The Chengdu Panda Research Base is a nonprofit facility founded in 1987 with the mission of improving conservation and breeding practices of giant pandas, an endangered species that is in constant need of human intervention to reduce threats caused by habitat destruction and low birthrates.