Panda Cub and his Mommy are New Stars of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

It’s a beautiful happy story we all love and need to see from time to time. No stress, no problems, nothing shocking here, except the cute-meter of this plump panda cub. The cub lives in the Smithsonian’s National Zoo together with his mother Mei Xiang. Mei is a 22-year-old giant panda and the oldest one to give birth in the USA. The cub’s father is Tian Tian, although, Mei was artificially inseminated (using frozen semen). It was the first successful pregnancy and birth done this way in any Zoo in the USA. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s story went viral when they posted this adorable video of a panda cub on Twitter. On October 7th, 2020, the cub was 6 weeks old and by that time the DNA results came back. He is a boy, healthy and almost round as he is long. Little chubby seems to be perfect in every way. He weighed 2.07 kilograms (4.5 pounds) on that same date, almost a pound more than the week before. The cub was also measured 15 inches long from nose to tail tip. His eyes are now fully opened. At the moment all he needs is his mama’s milk, and when he turns 1 full year he’ll move on to rocking some wonderful bamboo and other solid snacks that pandas usually enjoy eating. You can follow his growing up period by checking the Twitter account of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and its official website.

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Photo credits: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

22-year-old giant panda mommy, Mei Xiang is the oldest panda to give birth in the USA.

It was also a first successful pregnancy and birth via artificial insemination.

Now this little boy is a star of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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He is almost round as he is long. Just perfect in every way!

You can follow his growing up period through Zoo’s Twitter and official blogs.

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