Two panda cubs were born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to mother bear Mei Xiang and the birth was streamed live for millions to witness.
“The tiny cub, which will not be named for another 100 days following the birth, will live on its mother’s chest near the mammary glands or keep warm under her arm for the next few weeks.”, ” The panda blog report, “The pair is being held in seclusion, but interested spectators can tune in to the Zoo’s panda cam to watch the mother and cub’s interactions.
Giant pandas are black and white bears that live in temperate-zone bamboo forests in central China. Among the best recognized—but rarest—animals in the world, they have come to symbolize endangered species and conservation efforts. There are as few as 1, 864 giant pandas in the wild. More than 300 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers around the world; most of these pandas are in China.
Mei Xiang has given birth to two surviving cubs: Tai Shan (tie-SHON) and Bao Bao. Both bears were born as the result of artificial inseminations. Tai Shan was born July 9, 2005, and he now lives in China. Bao Bao was born Aug. 23, 2013. She will live at the Zoo until she turns 4; at that time, she will also go to live in China.