Zoo Releases First Video of Panda Cub Since Birth

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Well, one thing can be said for the newborn panda cub at the National Zoo. It sure has a good set of lungs.

The zoo released a video (above) of the baby squawking away in its enclosure Thursday morning.

The noise was not explained, but as seen in the footage, the cub stops its racket as soon as mother Mei Xiang picks it up to cradle it.

Caretakers say “all visual and audible indications [indicate] that both are doing well.”

Mei has been very protective of the cub since it was born last Friday, and the team caring for the pandas has not been able to give it a second neonatal exam.

The baby was first examined on Sunday, though, and was determined to be “vibrant, healthy and active.”

Attempts by team to distract Mei so they could examine the cub again Tuesday were unsuccessful.


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