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Hello Baby Panda Face

via Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“Yesterday morning, giant panda Mei Xiang stepped out of the den, and the panda team retrieved her 6-week-old cub for another quick checkup. During last week’s exam, the cub largely napped through the process. That was not the case with this exam–the cub was wide awake, alert and very vocal while we took its measurements! It weighed 1.66 kilograms (3.6 pounds) and measured 14 inches from nose to tail tip. Its abdominal girth remained steady at 12.5 inches.

One new and exciting development is that the cub’s eyes are beginning to open! They will be fully open around 8 weeks of age.

via Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Our colleagues in the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Conservation Genomics are analyzing the cub’s DNA to determine its sex. We will share that exciting news with you once they confirm the results!”

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