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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Zoo says giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub, Friday afternoon.

The Zoo tweeted that the cub was born at 5:32 p.m. after just under two hours of labor.

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The panda’s water broke and she began having contractions just after 3:30.

Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson said in an email that “everyone is just watching” on the panda cams.

Zoo officials said it could take up to 10 hours before a cub is born.

The Zoo has been on 24-hours-a-day panda watch since Aug. 7.

A Chinese panda expert performed artificial inseminations on Mei Xiang on March 30 after she failed to breed naturally with male panda Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN).

Mei Xiang has given birth to two cubs. Tai Shan was born in 2005 and a week-old cub died last September.

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