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Giant panda Update Sep 3, 2013

Last night at 6:15 p.m., Mei Xiang left her den. She climbed up the rockwork mountain in her adjoining exhibit, urinated, and returned to the den at 6:18. It's normal for bears not to eat, drink, urinate, or defecate much in the early days of raising a cub. This morning, she drank a little diluted apple juice the panda team offered her, though she wasn't interested in bamboo. The panda team got an excellent close-up of the cub while Mei was out! It looks good, and is within the normal size for a cub its age.