An exciting event happened today at the National Zoo in Washington as Mei Xiang gave birth to a baby panda cub on Friday afternoon. The little one popped out after just about two hours of labor, according to the Washington Post on Aug. 23.
The female panda’s water broke at 3:36 p.m. and then contractions started as zoo officials began monitoring her closely. The quick delivery at 5:32 p.m. was caught on the zoo’s panda cams in an exciting moment for everyone to witness. Mei Xiang took to her mama role right away as she picked up her baby and cradled it in her arms.
The zoo had been on a 24-hour panda watch ever since Aug. 7 to determine if she had signs of pregnancy after she had been artificially inseminated in March. She had sperm from both Tian Tian, who is also living at the same zoo, as well as San Diego’s male panda, Gao Gao. Tests will be run in a few weeks to determine which male is the cub’s daddy.
This is the female’s third cub born to her. She had lost her female cub last September when the baby was only six days old due to underdevelopment. Her firstborn she had back in 2005 and now lives in China.
This comes just a month after twin pandas were born at the Atlanta Zoo. It seems there is ‘panda-monium’ all of a sudden.
What do you think of this exciting event at the National Zoo?