Mei Xiang's panda cub nursing well, has strong lungs
Mei Xiang's new panda cub at the National Zoo has a strong set of lungs and is nursing well, zoo officials say.
Vigilant panda cam observers caught Mei placing her new cub on the floor of her den around 3:30 a.m. Thursday. The cub, born Aug. 23, began squawking until Mei carefully picked it up and cradled it.
The cub has a round belly, which lets the panda team know that it is nursing well. Its loud crying indicates the cub has a great set of lungs.
Zoo officials say Mei is much more aware of the keepers when they enter her den to offer her food. She drank 56 oz. Wednesday, which is a good sign that the new mother is doing well.
Video: National Zoo