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Several of you have mentioned seeing a mouse that occasionally runs through Mei Xiang's den. The Giant Panda building is a secure, dry area protected from the elements, so it is inherently attractive to all sorts of opportunistic rodents. The food that our giant pandas eat also attracts mice. We have a team of pest management specialists who work with keepers to reduce and control our visiting rodent population throughout the Zoo. And although we diligently work to exclude them, rodents are amazingly smart animals (something you can learn more about at the National Zoo's Think Tank exhibit). Our pest management team has even observed rodents outsmarting traps by flinging them against walls, and then making off with the bait. In addition, we refuse to use pesticides in our panda exhibit and so that makes the challenge of controlling our rodent population a little more difficult.
Of course, much as we admire rodents' cognitive abilities, we would still prefer them not to be in with our animals. Fortunately, Mei Xiang is a 200-pound bear with strong instincts to protect her cub. No mouse-however clever or cunning-poses a serious threat to her or her cub.