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Giant panda gives birth to cub at National Zoo

Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub on Friday at 6:35 p.m.
Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub on Friday at 6:35 p.m. (National Zoo)

WASHINGTON, D.C.UPDATE

A giant panda cub has arrived at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub on Friday at 6:35 p.m.

Zoo officials said she was “caring for her newborn attentively.”

ORIGINAL POST

Friday could be baby day for a pregnant giant panda at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Zoo officials said Mei Xiang is showing signs that labor has probably started, including body licking and restlessness.

The giant panda team is monitoring her progress and many are following along through the zoo’s Giant Panda Cam.

Mei Xiang has already given birth to three surviving cubs: Tai Shan, Bao Bao and Bei Bei.


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