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Baby Panda Update: “He is starting to get black markings around his eyes, ears and back” and Mei Ate for the 1st time since giving birth!!

by Prince Of Petworth August 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm 5 Comments

From Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“Our panda cub has been visible on the panda cams several times since yesterday. Keepers left some sugarcane for Mei Xiang in her den yesterday afternoon, and around 1 p.m. she decided to eat some! That is the first time she has eaten since giving birth. She put her cub down for a few minutes while eating, giving panda cam viewers an excellent view of him. He is starting to get black markings around his eyes, ears and back. He also picked up his head and grunted (which is a happy noise) while Mei ate. Mei put him down again early this morning for a few seconds while she sat up. The cub is nursing well and the panda team is very happy with his progress.”

  • wpk_dc

    Great news for mom, baby, and all of DC!

  • pjl35

    Just curious, anyone know when we should expect to get a name for this little guy?

    • wdc

      The tradition is to name a baby when they’re 100 days old. They make a big ceremonial deal out of it.

  • kittycatbob

    This may have already been covered in another post, but do we get to keep this one or is he going to China to hang out with Butterstick?

    • textdoc

      IIRC, all of the pandas in non-China institutions are technically on loan from China, and all of the offspring have to go to China when they’re about 4 years old.

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