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via Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“As of this morning, the cub weighed 1,337 grams, or just under three pounds. From nose to tail tip, it measured 35.5 centimeters, or 13.9 inches (its tail accounts for two of those inches). For the first time, we had a chance to measure the cub’s abdominal girth as well. It’s back and belly measured 32 centimeters, or 12.5 inches in circumference. Our plump panda cub is almost as round as it is long!

we should know definitively in a week or two whether it is a male or female.”

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Photo from the before times by Gabriele Stonyte courtesy FONZ

From an email:

“Start your engines and prepare for some spooky family fun during Boo Drive Thru, sponsored by Mars Wrigley, a special edition of our children’s trick-or-treating event!

Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), Boo Drive Thru will be held October 24 and 25 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Pack your car full of ghouls, ghosts, princesses and superheroes and cruise down the Zoo’s North Road, all in support of FONZ’s mission. Read More

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Hello Sleepy Baby Panda

From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“Our giant panda cub is growing! As our newborn packs on the grams, it is becoming a bit easier to spot on the Panda Cam. Now that the cub’s markings have come in, we have a few weeks to go before the next big milestone. Generally, newborn giant pandas open their eyes between 6 and 8 weeks of age. We can see that its eyes are still sealed when we zoom in with the Panda Cam. Many viewers have noticed that the cub’s tail appears smaller as it grows. At birth, a giant panda’s tail measures about 5 centimeters in length–roughly a quarter of its body size. In time, cubs grow into their tails. Over the next few weeks, we will also see our cub’s fur transform from soft and wispy to wooly and thick.”

Closeup and video: Read More

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From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“Giant panda Mei Xiang continues to be a wonderful mother to her newborn. Last night, she gently set the cub down on the floor of their den and walked into her main indoor enclosure to drink some water. Once again, we were able to get a good look at it via the Panda Cam. At almost two weeks old, the cub is able to lift itself off of the ground for a few moments. It is exciting to see the iconic black markings around its eyes and on its ears, legs and saddle (back) become more visible every day.”

Closeups and video: Read More

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