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A Very Sad Baby Panda Update – Smaller Cub has Passed – Fortunately Bigger Cub “appears to be strong”

by Prince Of Petworth August 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm 19 Comments

From the National Zoo:

“We are sad to announce that the smaller of the two panda cubs has died.

The panda team continues to monitor Mei Xiang and the larger cub. They are encouraged that this cub appears to be strong and behaving normally.”

  • Anon

    Fuck today.

    • Eponymous


    • Anon


    • Truxton Thomas


    • I Dont Get It

      So true!

    • Accountering

      Agree. This breaks my heart. I love those little guys.

    • The Enabler


  • panda fan

    omg, this breaks my heart :-(

    • Janie4

      Me too. I was really pulling for him.

  • textdoc

    Poor little cub.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Mei Xiang is smarter than we give her credit.

    • Duponter

      I think that’s more instinct than smarts. When “in the wild” (not that that really happens anymore), female pandas typically reject the weaker baby to give the stronger a better shot. She wasn’t being smart about it, she was acting in her nature.

      • textdoc

        I got the feeling that she wasn’t so much “rejecting” the smaller cub in this case as she was refusing to let the zoo staff take the larger cub from her.

  • transplanted

    I feel like I’m always going to hold this against Mei Xiang.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    :( boo! I really wanted little panda to make it! Nature sucks.

  • Not At All a Conspiracy Theorist

    With an luck, the National Zoo is simply lying, the second baby panda cub is perfectly healthy, and they have spirited away this natural-born US citizen to a safe location so that he or she doesn’t have to be handed over to the Chi-Coms like all our other pandas.

    Butterstick was born an American. I’ve never forgiven or forgotten.

    • Accountering

      Butterstick of all people should have counted for birthright citizenship. We should have told China that she could take Butterstick from our cold dead hands.

  • not a panda

    god damn it all to hell :(

  • asg

    That makes me a saaaaad paaanda


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