National Zoo's Panda Cub Given Clean Bill Of Health | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

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.


'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.
WAMU 88.5

Maureen McDonnell Didn't Give Special Treatment To Star Scientific, Witness Testifies

A defense witness in the corruption trail against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, says the former first lady often traveled the state promoting state businesses, countering the notion she gave special treatment to the company at the heart of the corruption trial.

The Momentum Of The Ice Bucket Challenge — And What It Means For ALS

A recent fundraising challenge has gone viral on social media, calling attention to research into Lou Gehrig's disease. Forbes contributor Dan Diamond discusses the state of that research.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.