Two panda cubs are born within weeks of each other at zoos in California and Washington D.C.
Officials at the San Diego Zoo are celebrating a new addition to its family of pandas. On Tuesday night, 13 year old panda Bai Yun gave birth to a baby panda cub. The baby cub was the second birth this year. Just weeks earlier on July 9, Mei Xiang gave birth to a baby panda cub at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
- Celebrating Baby Pandas
" The birth of a giant panda cub is definitely something to celebrate, " said Yadira Galindo, the zoos spokeswoman. The baby cub born is in captivity at the San Diego Zoo weighed 4 ounces that's the weight of about a stick of butter.
This is the third panda born in the San Diego's Zoo's history. The zoo has the largest population of giant pandas outside of mainland China. Besides Bai Yun and her newborn cub, there are two male pandas and a male cub that turns 2 on August 19.
Pandas on the East Coast
The National Zoo has to wait several weeks before giving the baby cub a checkup. On Tuesday, officials discovered that the cub was a boy! He passed his first checkup with flying colors. He weighs almost two pounds and is 12 inches long.
There are about 1,600 pandas left in the world due to habitat destruction, bamboo depletion and poaching. Both zoos are working to help conserve the panda population.
What I Think
I think they should keep on the good work. Pandas are very beautiful animals and my favorite bear. So I really wish they will take a lot of care of these gorgeous creatures.
Do you like these animals, and do you think zoos should do what they're doing to help pandas?