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National Zoo's Giant Panda Cub Is Healthy

The National Zoo's giant panda cub received its first neonatal exam on Sunday.
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The National Zoo's giant panda cub received its first neonatal exam on Sunday.

The National Zoo's giant panda cub that was born Friday evening is healthy, and very active and vibrant, according to zoo officials.

The zoo's panda team was able to give the cub its first neonatal exam Sunday morning.

The cub is robust, fully formed, and is very pink, tweeted zoo officials. It weighs 4.8 ounces, which is normal for a newborn panda. Vets say the cub's heart rate is steady, and they were able to hear breathing sounds from both lungs. Its belly was full, and its mouth was normal. According to the panda team, the cub is nursing and digesting, and all signs show that it is healthy.

Vets were able to get biological samples this morning, and will learn the cub's sex and paternity in two or three weeks.

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