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Panda Gives Birth To a Record 6th Cub (Video)

Panda Gives Birth To a Record 6th Cub (Video)

Bai Yun, a 21-year-old panda at the San Diego Zoo, gave birth to a panda cub on the afternoon of Sunday, July 29. Zoo staffers had known she was pregnant but been wary about getting their hopes up after Bai Yun had an unsuccessful pregnancy last year and also due to her age. The new panda is Bai Yun’s sixth, a record for members of the endangered species born in captivity.

Bai Yun and Gao Gao, her 20-year-old regular mate with whom she’d previously had four cubs, are in San Diego through next year as part of a program with China. The cub, who now weighs about 4 ounces, will not be named until it is 100 days ago, with her or his name to be determined via an online poll. The cub’s gender will also not be determined until keepers are able to examine the new panda; mother and baby will be sequestered for five months in her den. The zoo has put up a “Panda Cam.”

Those wishing to learn most about the zoo’s new arrival can view the little panda prior to her or his birth. CNET’s Daniel Terdiman was able to visit with Bai Yun’s medical team earlier this month when they were conducting an ultrasound, to better help them determine if Bai Yun was pregnant after suspecting such on the basis of hormone testing and behavioral observations.

A new device called a forward-looking infrared camera (FLIR) — originally developed for military testing — helped zoo staff determine that Bai Yun was indeed expecting.

Terdiman also posts a video of a San Diego Zoo veterinarian explaining the ultrasound:

Zoo veterinarians say that the weekly ultrasound testings on Bai Yun also have enabled them to learn more about panda pregnancies and fetal growth rates.

It was only about a week before Bai Yun gave birth that zoo staff detected a heartbeat and, at that time, the zoo’s director of reproductive physiology, Barbara Durrant, told Terdiman that things were not looking so good. It’s all the more reason to celebrate the birth of the Bai Yun’s new baby.

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2:05AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

How super special, thanks for sharing with us!

4:29PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Good for you Bai Yun!

6:03AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Awwww:-) so touching...Thank-You for post and Video :-)

5:42PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Wishing mom and baby continued good health.

5:42PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Wishing mom and baby continued good health.

2:20PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Cute as a button & will definitely buy those wildlife stamps!!!


11:04AM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

I hope for nothing but health, for both mother and cub.

8:29PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Thanks for this story.

4:10PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Good luck to both, mom and cub.

6:14PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Thanks Kristina.

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