Panda cub gets exam after mom finally stops cuddling her

It looks like the giant panda cub at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is getting the right kind of love and attention. The newborn got a clean bill of health after her first full veterinary exam on Monday afternoon.Mama bear Mei Xiang (pronounced “may-SHONG”) has spent much of the past three and a half weeks cradling her cub, so zookeepers had been waiting for the right moment to sl…

It’s a girl! New panda’s gender, father revealed by National Zoo

Who’s your daddy? The Smithsonian National Zoo answered that question Thursday for its 2-week-old giant panda cub, which was revealed to be a girl.The new cub is the daughter of Tian Tian, one of two male pandas used to inseminate the cub’s mother.Mei Xiang delivered her female cub on Aug. 23. She delivered a second, stillborn cub a day later. Zoo officials confirmed the second cub, a fraternal tw…

First new carnivore species in 35 years discovered

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