Panda Watch: It’s a Girl!

The National Zoo confirmed that Mei Xiang’s cub is female

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Photo via the National Zoo’s #cubwatch Flickr

It’s official: Mei Xiang’s new panda cub is female! In today’s official statement, the Zoo confirmed both the sex and paternity of the cub. A genetic analysis revealed that Tian Tian, the Zoo’s other adult panda, fathered the cub by artificial insemination. Tian Tian also fathered the second stillborn cub, a female; the cubs were fraternal twins. Mei Xiang and her baby (still unnamed) are in good health.

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