ANIMALS

National Zoo panda cub now weighs nearly 8 pounds

The cub, which was born on Aug. 23, will be named in December. It is traditional to name giant panda cubs when they are 100 days old. Photo: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo
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The National Zoo's panda cub is growing up!

Zoo officials say the cub now weighs 7.7 pounds and is 23 inches long. Her right front paw measures 2.4 inches long and her hind paws measure 3 inches. The cub's eyes are almost fully open.

Mei Xiang is getting more comfortable spending time away from her cub. She ventures outside for breakfast and sometimes spends up to two hours in her yard. Last week, Mei enjoyed the cool fall air and napped in her favorite spot, on top of the grotto.

Mei's time away gives the cub a chance to rest. It also gives the keepers an opportunity to examine the cub.

The cub, which was born on Aug. 23, will be named in December. It is traditional to name giant panda cubs when they are 100 days old.

Watch Mei and her cub on the National Zoo's Panda Cam.

 


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