On Aug. 24, 2013, Mei Xiang, the giant panda housed at the Smithsonian National Zoo gave birth to a stillborn cub, after a successful live birth of a cub on Friday, according to WUNC.
After zookeepers watched Mei on a panda cam groom the second cub for 17 minutes inside the Washington, DC facility, they noticed she stopped and the cub’s body then fell onto the floor of her den.
According to WUNC, staff retrieved the lifeless cub using a grabbing device, and said it had “developmental abnormalities and had never been alive.”
Mei’s healthy cub was born about 26 hours prior to the second cub, and is doing well, reports The Washington Post.
According to the Post, in 2005 Mei gave birth to her first cub, Tai Shan, who has grown to be a healthy adult panda and now lives in a breeding facility in China.
In Sept. 2012, she again gave birth, this time to a cub that died only days due to lung and liver damage.
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