On Mar. 22, Xiao Qi Ji added two new foods to his repertoire: apples and pears. On the spectrum of non-bamboo foods he has tried so far, these seem to fall below cooked sweet potatoes (inarguably his favorite) but above biscuits, bananas and homemade applesauce. Mei Xiang has a palate for pears, so perhaps his taste for them comes from his mom?
Our growing cub packed on four pounds since his last weigh-in. On Mar. 31, Xiao Qi Ji weighed 36 pounds (16.4 kilograms).
If you have been watching the Giant Panda Cam, you may have noticed that Xiao Qi Ji recently received some new enrichment items: a larger rubber tub in his den as well as a big plastic tub out in the yard. He seems to really enjoy climbing in and out of them. Tune in to see what adventures await him next!
This story appears in the April 2 issue of the Giant Panda Bulletin; read previous cub updates here. Please note that the Zoo is temporarily closed as a public health precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.