It’s a girl! The newest addition to the Smithsonian National Zoo’s panda clan is female, the zoo announced today. DNA tests revealed that another panda that was stillborn was also a girl, the zoo said.
The zoo also announced the father of the cub, which was born on Aug. 24. “We artificially inseminated Mei Xiang twice, using semen from 2 different pandas: our Tian Tian & @sandiegozoo‘s Gao Gao,” the zoo tweeted before saying that the DNA tests had pegged the successful semen as Tian Tian’s.
According to the zoo, senior curator Brandie Smith reported that the cub “has a fat little belly” and is making lots of baby panda noises.
“The cub will stay with Mei Xiang for a little over 2 years, until it is naturally weaned,” the zoo tweeted.
As is tradition in China, where pandas originate, the baby will be named when it is 100 days old, on Dec. 2.
Photo: Courtesy of Smithsonian National Zoo