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 Post subject: Re: PANDAS ~ 2016 - 2020
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:09 pm 
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It's a Boy! Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Giant Panda Cub Is Male!!
Awww. If I have counted correctly it is Day 45 and we're almost half way to the 100 Day Naming Ceremony.

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#PandaStory: Packing on the Pounds :) :15heartbeat:

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The almost 8 week check up on our little fat boy! :flirty:

"Now, he tips the scales at 2.47 kilograms (5.4 pounds). From the tip of his nose to the base of his tail, he measured 16.5 inches. His biggest gain, however, was around his midsection. He went from a 13.7-inch abdominal girth to 15.9 inches—a 2.2-inch increase!"

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#PandaStory: Weekend Field Trip
Oct. 19, 2020
"This update was written by Michael Brown-Palsgrove, curator of Asia Trail.

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It is remarkable how quickly giant panda cubs grow and change in their first few weeks of life. When our cub was just a few days old, mother Mei Xiang kept him tucked under her armpit or between her forepaws to help keep him warm. In those early days, good glimpses of the cub via the Giant Panda Cam were quite rare.

Nowadays, he is much easier to spot. Although our 8-week-old cub does not nurse as frequently as he did when he was younger, we know from the weekly weigh-ins conducted by our keeper team that he is packing on the pounds. This—along with thick, wooly fur—enables our cub to regulate his own body temperature. He often sleeps on the floor of the den just beside Mei Xiang. From time to time, the pair will playfully nibble at one another.

We have observed Mei Xiang leave her cub in the den while she spends time in the large enclosure eating bamboo and drinking water. Last week, keepers also provided Mei Xiang with one of her favorite diet items—leaf eater biscuits—in a rubber tub. She decided to take her food "to go" and brought the tub into the den for a midnight snack.

Filed trip video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhLBwY1 ... e=emb_logo

As we mentioned in our last update, Mei Xiang brings her cub out of their den for brief “field trips” to the large enclosure. Typically, she carries him out for just a few moments. Over the next few weeks, we expect these field trips to increase in frequency and duration. Meantime, our cub continues to practice crawling. Exercising his muscles and improving his coordination will help him scoot around in the coming weeks. Around three months old, we expect he will take his first steps."

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Oh thanks so much Gigi for the link...
I watched it ~ so darn cute!

Little :15heartbeat: one is adorable!!

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Update on the National Zoo's 9 week old cubbie! :15heartbeat:


"Oct. 26, 2020
This update was written by Asia Trail curator Michael Brown-Palsgrove and giant panda keeper Marty Dearie.
If you’ve caught a glimpse of our cub on the Giant Panda Cam lately, you may have noticed that he likes to sleep on his back. It’s very cute to watch! When he is awake, he continues to practice crawling around the den. Over the weekend, Mei Xiang took him on several “field trips” into their larger enclosure, mostly at night.

Mei Xiang continues to be a devoted mother to her cub. Now that he is larger and can regulate his own body temperature, she feels comfortable leaving the den for longer periods to eat. Mei Xiang’s appetite has returned to normal; these days, she eats approximately 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of bamboo every day.

Mei Xiang has developed a schedule of sorts and leaves the den routinely once in the morning, once in the afternoon and several times overnight. Sometimes, she chooses to bring a few stalks of bamboo back to the den as a convenient snack for later.

Now that it is finally starting to feel like Autumn in the Washington, D.C. area, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian will soon transition from eating only the tender leaves of the bamboo to also consuming the dense, hearty culm (the stalk). During winter and spring, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are partial to a species called yellow groove bamboo, which gets its name from the yellow indentation that runs down the culm."

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