Panda Cub Undergoes Full Vet Exam at D.C.’s National Zoo

The panda cub at the National Zoo in D.C. (Photo from Smithsonian National Zoo)

The panda cub at the National Zoo in D.C. (Photo from Smithsonian National Zoo)

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The panda cub at the National Zoo in Washington hit another milestone this week.

The cub, who is now five weeks old, underwent a full veterinary exam Thursday, the National Zoo says.

The female cub has gained more than a pound in the last 10 days and now weighs in at a little more than 3 pounds. She is 14 inches long and 11.4 inches wide, according to the zoo.

The zoo’s panda team performed the exam on the cub, who was born to Mei Xiang on Aug. 23.

At her last exam on Sept. 16, the cub weighed a little less than 2 pounds and was 9.8 inches wide around her belly, with each of her paws measuring 1.5 inches long.

The cub still hasn’t opened her eyes and likely won’t for a few more weeks, according to the zoo. She also can’t support her own weight yet.

“Our giant panda cub won’t be old enough to walk for a while yet, but that doesn’t stop her from trying,” the National Zoo tweeted.

Watch the video below to see how the cub stays active without walking:

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