Starting today, at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, the San Diego Zoo will be streaming live video of the giant panda den to its PandaCam, viewable at www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam.
Animal care staff who have been monitoring the mother and cub in the den via closed-circuit television since the birth have only had partial sightings of the cub but are able to hear its various cries and calls. The behavior of the cub and mother indicate that both animals are doing well.
The San Diego Zoo had its sixth giant panda cub born on Sunday, July 29, at 2:10 p.m. The mother, 20-year-old Bai Yun, is the second-oldest panda known to give birth to a cub. This is also the sixth cub born at the San Diego Zoo, the most born at a breeding facility outside of China. All six giant panda cubs have been born to Bai Yun.
Newborn giant panda cubs are born pink and hairless, with eyes sealed shut, and weigh an average of 4 ounces, or 112 grams. Their trademark black-and-white markings develop within the first months.
The sex of the cub will not be known until animal care staff examine the cub, which is expected to happen in approximately two months.
The last cub born at the San Diego Zoo was on Aug. 5, 2009. It was a male named Yun Zi, which means “son of cloud.”
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