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Panda born: Who is the panda's father?

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From the adult male Tian Tian to the teeny-tiny cub born just this past Friday, panda love is in the air at the National Zoo.

Panda-mom Mei Xiang and her cub are in seclusion, but they're now an internet sensation, thanks to the zoo's panda-cam.

Kris Loveid flew eight hours from Alaska to visit the National Zoo and see the baby panda.

“I live with black bears, and I've seen grizzlies, but I wanted to see a panda,” Loveid says.

Mei Xiang gave birth to the motionless cub Saturday night after giving birth to its live twin the night before, zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson said. The mother groomed her stillborn cub for 17 minutes before letting it fall to the floor, she said.

"It was malformed. Most of the malformations were limited to the head region," explained Dr. Suzan Murray, chief veterinarian at the National Zoo.

The stillbirth happened 26 hours after the first panda was born.

DNA testing will determine whether the new cub is male or female and will solve the riddle about whether Tian Tian is the father since Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated courtesy of two separate males.

Despite the questions of the father, visitors to the zoo still couldn't get enough of the pandas.

“It's very precious, very precious,” Loveid says of the baby.

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