DC zoo will try again for exam of baby panda
WASHINGTON (AP) — A team of panda caretakers at Washington’s National Zoo will have to wait at least one more day to get the first close look at a day-old panda cub during an exam.
The minutes-long health assessment was planned for Saturday, but panda mom Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) didn’t give keepers an opportunity to take her cub, which is about the size of a stick of butter. Zookeepers will try again Sunday. During the exam, they’ll try to listen to the cub’s heart and lungs, record its weight and collect a DNA sample.
The cub born Friday evening is Mei Xiang’s third, but the cub she gave birth to last year died after living just a week. Before that, her last cub was born in 2005.
Zookeepers plan to be more hands-on with this cub after last year’s death.