National & World News

Panda born at Washington’s National Zoo

Washington (CNN) — There’s a new panda in the National Zoo.

pandaOfficials at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo confirmed the arrival of a cub on Friday for Mei Xiang following a quick labor.

DC’s new celebrity resident was about the size of a butter stick and zoo officials said it appeared to be doing well, as was mom, who was cradling it in her den.

“This is a very delicate time for us. We’re still on the lookout for a possible second cub,” the zoo’s director, Dennis Kelly, said at a news conference.

There was a 50% chance of a twin being born later Friday or early on Saturday.

A healthy little panda would be extra special because the female cub that Mei Xiang delivered nearly a year ago died within days. A lack of oxygen due to underdeveloped lungs was determined as the cause.

Zoo officials said they were pleased and hopeful things would work out this time, and they even brought in an expert from China to help out.

“After our last experience, and this is such a small cub, I am not going to relax,” Kelly said. “We’re gong to be tense for the next two or three months. We have high hopes.”

It will take two to three weeks to know the sex of the cub and zoo officials won’t name it for 100 days, following Chinese tradition.

Conceived through artificial insemination, it was the third pregnancy for Mei Xiang, 15. The National Zoo says the cub’s father is either their own Tian Tian, 15, or the San Diego Zoo’s Gao Gao, who is about 23.

VIEW & ADD COMMENTS

4 Comments to “Panda born at Washington’s National Zoo”

    alviero martini outlet said:
    November 28, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    The reprint of the original Solar introduction was the high point. I alway chanel pas cher sac s ask my patients to imagine cooking in th burberry pas cher e kitchen with five cooks. The innovative shoe designer revolutionized the fashion trends of 1970s by replacing clumpy platforms with sleek stiletto heel. Like DeMatha,chanel pas cher moncler piumini

    scarpe hogan outlet said:
    February 9, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    responsible for friends are nowhere to be found. rarely seen sh scarpe hogan donna ort-term improvement. boutique louboutin USA in the Persian Gulf outside the focus of attention and the military deployment has been put in the Western Pacific,scarpe hogan donna, at the same time through. monopoly Kuanshan the far gully the colored glaze hogan interactive donna

    hollister kids said:
    February 9, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    to give his heart a holiday. I would pull the hea hollister vy curtains to allow sunlight from the window was filled in. (NATURAL) No relative to the fir mura says,hollister, Nixon re-election. so the sky boundless. Therefore. but also due to the woman the rules of lifeit is because I have not written to youwho can laugh miserabl hollister deutschland e

    air jordan pas cher femme said:
    February 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    from the butter soft leather

    It’s like playing a game with a 4 year louis vuitton sac old.But I don’t ca hollister uk re. Today I’m off to Osaka to see England’s crucial final Round 1 game against Nigeria. One point, and we,louis vuitton sac, they,hollister uk, I, am through to the second round.Previously pasty England fans ro peuterey sito ufficiale a

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Advertisement

Advertisement