If the National Zoo's firstborn panda cub hadn't died just five days after it was born, it would have been a fraternal twin to the surviving panda.
The Smithsonian veterinary team continues to monitor mother Mei Xiang and the larger of her cubs.
It’s all hands on deck for veterinarians at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, who are caring for giant panda twins born there over the weekend. Continue reading →
The National Zoo's panda team is watching Mei through its panda cams and says it is officially a 24-hour watch for cubs.
The protective mother, loaned by China to Malaysia, is still shielding her new arrival, and only its legs and some body parts are visible to onlookers.
Hong Kong's prized panda is the equivalent of more than 100 human years old.
Relative to their size, giant pandas have a smaller brain, liver and kidneys than other bears and they have extremely low thyroid hormone levels.
Even though bamboo is their main food source, giant pandas are horrible at digesting it.
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