National Zoo’s Mei Xiang has baby!
May Xiang, meaning “sweet fragrance”, is a giant female panda living at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
Smithsonian National Zoo spent a lot of time last week watching giant panda Mei Xiang, after announcing on Monday that National Zoo’s Mei Xiang, the world’s largest matriarch panda, was due to deliver baby #4.
National Zoo giant panda Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated twice in April 2012, with the sperm of Tian Tian. Zoo authorities had estimated her chances of getting pregnant by 10%, after five false pregnancies, in which she became pregnant but never did.
Giant pandas are believed to be creatures that are solitary, except for the breeding season and mothers of infants. Consistent with wild panda habits, Mei Xiang giant panda is often alone, although she and Tian stay together occasionally, outside of the breeding season. Tian and panda Mei Xiang are trained to take part in a comprehensive medical examination, including a blood test, without anesthesia.
National Zoo’s Mei Xiang gave birth to six kids, all at the National Zoo and born to Tian Tian. Three of the kids are in adulthood. In August 2020, National Zoo announced that National Zoo’s panda Mei Xiang was pregnant, with ultrasound scanning images showing the baby.
On Friday night, National Zoo panda Mei Xiang finally gave birth!
National Zoo’s Mei Xiang gave birth at 6:35 p.m. The zoo keepers are now looking at National Zoo’s giant panda Mei Xiang performance with her new child. They are also listening for loud cries – signs of a healthy babe, says the zoo.
In Wolong, Sichuan Province, at the China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda, on July 22, 1998, Mei Xiang panda was born. She weighs 230 pounds. Her father was Lin Nan and Xue Xue was her mother. Both her mother and father were wild pandas.
Mi Xiang has three surviving children, Bei Bei, Bao Bao and Tai Shan, who were deported to China at the age of four under an agreement with the government of China.
The Smithsonian National Zoo opened to visitors slightly, but visits to see the National Zoo’s Mei Xiang were closed.
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