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Mei Xiang left the den twice to get a drink of water at 4:27 a.m. and 5:59 a.m. and look who got their closeup

Oh my goodness.

From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“Big news! Last night, our Panda Team observed giant panda Mei Xiang approach the doorway of her den several times, “testing” her cub’s reaction to being placed on the floor. Then, early this morning, she twice left the den to get a drink of water–once at 4:27 a.m. and once at 5:59 a.m. Each time, she only spent about one minute away. Her brief reprieve offered Panda Cam viewers a great look at the growing cub! Upon her return, Mei Xiang immediately picked up her cub and cradled it.”

Ed. Note: There is even a flip to the belly and this CAN NOT be missed:

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