Smithsonian Zoo Welcomes New Giant Panda Cub

September 21st, 2012 by Mark

Much to the delight of animals fans, female giant panda Mei Xiang has given birth to a cub. The unnamed baby cub can now be seen on the Washington Smithsonian National Zoological Park Panda webcams.

Mei Xiang’s place at the zoo was under threat when she failed to produce offspring, with the possibility of her being sent back to China with a younger female coming to Washington to replace her. 2012 was Mei Xiang’s last chance to produce a cub before she was too old.

But Mei Xiang did manage to concieve, with her cub born on Sunday 16 September at 10:46pm.

That black and white fluff at the right is a giant panda cub. Honest!

This is her second cub, with her first, Tai Shan, being born in 2005. We featured before on Camscape earlier this year a webcam showing Tai Shan. Up until the recent birth, around six attempts to produce a sibling for Tai Shan had failed.

You can check out the two Panda Cams here and here. You’ll need to scroll down the page and click the red X at the top right of where the webcam image should be to view the webcam. (You don’t need to type in your name and email address.)

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