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Four Pounds and Counting

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Keepers had a chance to weigh Bei Bei on Monday, Sept. 28, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. He now weighs 1,850 grams, or 4 lbs! Mei Xiang is spending more time out of the den, and has even been sleeping in her enclosure for short periods of time as long as Bei Bei is content. One of their recent snoozing sessions was briefly interrupted by a rather surprising sneeze. Watch the video here!

The David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat has been closed to the public since Aug. 20, and will remain closed until further notice to provide quiet. As we mentioned in our last update, Bei Bei will go on exhibit for the first time in early 2016. Until then, you can see him on the panda cam, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

Catch a good glimpse of the cub, an especially cute cuddle, or a unique giant panda behavior? Take a screen shot and upload the picture to our #PandaStory Flickr group-- be sure to include the time stamp. Once a week we'll share a favorite shot posted by a panda cam fan. 

 Don't forget to follow @smithsonianzoo on Instagram for behind-the-scenes photos and videos with the hashtag #PandaStory!