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Giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) gave birth to a cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo 5:32 p.m. The panda team heard the cub vocalize and glimpsed the cub for the first time briefly immediately after the birth. Mei Xiang picked the cub up immediately and began cradling and caring for it.
NEW BABY PANDA @ smithsonian national zoo!!! Born at 5:32pm... I'm glued to the panda cams!
DC has a new baby panda! The video is the coolest. With the tiger cubs born a few weeks ago, we're now lousy with animal baby cuteness!
(Smithsonian National Zoo/ Associated Press ) - In this image from video provided by the Smithsonian National Zoo, Mei Xiang gives birth to a cub two hours after her water broke Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the National Zoo in Washington. The zoo has been on round-the-clock panda watch since Aug. 7, when Mei Xiang began showing behavioral changes consistent with a pregnancy or pseudopregnancy.