Overnight it was evident to panda keepers and veterinarians that our healthy panda cub was active and nursing appropriately throughout the night. Mei is showing proper maternal care which includes short sleep cycles, adjusting the tiny cub in her arms for better positioning and grooming. The staff heard strong vocalizations from the cub and observed it a couple times during the night. The cub is growing more hair, its tail looks plump and the cub overall looks great.
The Zoo will continue to provide daily updates on Mei Xiang and the cub through its @SmithsonianZoo Instagram account using #PandaStory and through the Giant Panda e-newsletter.