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.”
🐼 A precious giant panda cub has arrived! We’re overjoyed to share that Mei Xiang gave birth at 6:35 p.m. and is caring for her newborn attentively. Positive mothering behaviors include nursing her cub and cuddling it close. 👀🎥 TUNE IN: https://t.co/99lBTV2w92. #PandaStory pic.twitter.com/x02fEYfAmx— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) August 21, 2020
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.
🐼 Giant panda Mei Xiang has become increasingly restless and began body licking—both signs that labor has probably started! Our giant panda team is closely monitoring her via the Panda Cam for a cub’s arrival. Watch with us! 👀🎥 TUNE IN: https://t.co/99lBTV2w92. #PandaStory— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) August 21, 2020