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DC zoo will try again for exam of baby panda

<p>Associated Press</p><p>Mei Xiang, a giant female panda, rests at the National Zoo in Washington. Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Friday.</p>

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.


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