New panda born in national zoo

September 21, 2012 by  

On the evening of Sunday, September 16, the giant female panda Mei Xiang at the Washington, D.C. National Zoo gave birth to a cub after what was considered to be a successful pregnancy as a result of an artificial insemination done in late spring. With new arrivals always attracting people to zoos, poster printing and flyer printing will probably be used to make the announcement of this birth to the public.

According to the Director of the National Zoo, Dennis Kelly, the infant is barely perceptible and the mother Mei Xiang needs to protect the fragile cub in the early days of infancy by building a large den around it and providing her warmth so as to build the immune system of the cub. The cub is hairless, blind, weighs only four ounces, and its gender has not yet been determined. It will take about a week until the initial process of mothering the cub is complete, by which time mother and cub will be more visible to the public. In the meantime, a ‘Panda Cam’ has been set up by the staff so as to get glimpses into the den in hopes of spotting the cub.

Kelly added that Mei Xiang’s last cub was born in 2005 and was sent to China in 2009 as part of an agreement with the nation to make efforts to maintain the species there in its natural habitat. In four years’ time, this cub will also be sent to China as part of the agreement.