Baby Giant Panda Cub Born At National Zoo

by Rachel Baker on August 24, 2013

The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC was greeted with good news Friday, which probably wasn’t delivered by a stork. Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a baby panda cub!

Staffers at the zoo had kept their eyes glued to Mei Xiang over the last few weeks, as she began to show signs that she might be either pregnant or experiencing pseudopregnancy (false indicators of pregnancy, which is common among pandas).

Any uncertainty was cleared up once and for all on Friday, when the zoo confirmed that not only was Mei Xiang pregnant, she had successfully given birth. Her cub came into the world today at 5:32 PM after about two hours of labor.

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