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National Zoo's Panda Cub Given Clean Bill Of Health

The female panda cub has gained some of the species' distinctive black and white markings.
Courtney Janney, Smithsonian's National Zoo
The female panda cub has gained some of the species' distinctive black and white markings.

The Smithsonian National Zoo's new giant panda cub received a clean bill of health from vets during an exam late Monday.

The cub, born to mother Mei Xiang to considerable fanfare late last month, now weighs nearly two pounds and with her black and white markings bears more of a resemblance to an actual panda than the small pink blob seen in weeks passed.

"It's amazing to see how much she has grown in less than one month," said Brandie Smith, senior curator of mammals and giant pandas. "Mei Xiang continues to be a great mom, as she was with her first cub, Tai Shan, and it shows."

Two weeks ago, it was revealed that fellow National Zoo resident Tian Tian was the father of the as-yet-unnamed panda cub. She is the fourth cub born to Mei Xiang since 2005, though only two have survived so far.

Mei Xiang and her daughter continue to be off-limits to the public, but the public can maintain a constant vigil on their habitat via the Panda Cam.

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