Panda Cub Had Another Growth Spurt and Has Started to Crawl

Baby Panda Vet Exam 10/23/13
Photo courtesy of the National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

“The cub has has another growth spurt since last week! She’s gained almost an entire pound since Friday, October 18. At her veterinary exam this morning she weighed in at 6.73 pounds (3.06 kilograms), and received her first vaccine.

Veterinarians reported that the cub is very healthy, and despite receiving a vaccine she rested comfortably through much of the exam. She is 16.5 inches (42 centimeters) around her belly and 19.29 inches (49 centimeters) long.

The cub has started crawling and can often be seen testing her new motor skills in the den on the panda cams, sponsored in part by the Ford Motor Company Fund. Visitors to the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat may see the cub’s mother, Mei Xiang (may-SHONG), outside in the mornings around 8 a.m. She has been leaving the den and the cub for increasingly longer periods to go outside and to eat. This morning she was outside for a little more than an hour.”

Photo by Abby Wood, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

8 Comment

  • No matter what people say, I still think they are weird looking.
    And yes, I’ve even held a baby panda at the Wolong Panda Reserve in China. They are surprisingly NOT cuddly and their hair is actually quite coarse (not soft at all).
    That said, carry on with the panda lovefest.

    • Tthank you, thank you for correcting out erroneous opinions on the cuteness of baby panda bears. How could we have been so wrong?

    • Nothing wrong with a different opinion, but that hardly makes it “reality.” Just a different opinion. (Other than the part about their fur being coarse. That, from everything I’ve read, is true.)

  • Anyone that knows anything understands that red pandas > giant pandas. We need SIGNIFICANTLY more red panda coverage on PoP. If you needed any proof: Also, who could forget DC’s very own red panda evading its captor and escaping to Adams Morgan.

  • All hail the charismatic megafauna!

  • So cute! I keep tuning in to see if she’s crawling, but every time I look she’s asleep. Does anyone know if there is a good time when she’s likely to be awake?

    • She’s awake right now! But she’s a baby, she likes to sleep. And she can’t walk yet so she might not move as far/much.

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