Panda Cub: Second Exam

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Note cubbie's milk moustache!

Note cubbie's milk moustache!

Today was our newest panda cub’s second exam. This was my first time holding a panda cub, and he was much bigger than I expected! I carried him out from the den and handed him over to the two vets to examine. The baby gained nearly a pound this week: signs of a very healthy cub.

panda_exam2_02After taking measurements and receiving a checkup by the vets, it was time to put him back. I quietly laid him in the bamboo covering the floor of the den and closed the bedroom door. Mother Bai stayed calm during the exam, munching on bamboo and biscuits. But as soon as she was given access to the bedroom, she returned to the den to check on her baby. She is such a good mom!

It’s fun watching the new cub grow up, and I can’t wait to see how big he is next week!

Holly Border is a keeper at the San Diego Zoo.

Note: The panda cub weighed 3.9 pounds (1.8 kilograms) today. Here’s video of the exam! More images here…