I Love Nature was so moved by the amazing story about the dedicated efforts at the Smithsonian's National Zoo to help keep the panda twins alive that we wanted to celebrate with you that one cub is healthy and looking great!
After giant panda Mei Xiang delivered two cubs on Aug. 22, zookeepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. worked tireless to keep both newborns alive against all odds.
Giant pandas can only hold and care for one cub at a time. So when twins were born, zookeepers tried their best to ensure that each newborn had time to snuggle with mommy, while the other twin was kept other warm in an incubator and bottle-fed in the meantime. This grueling process of alternating the twins was performed every 3-4 hours with utmost sensitivity and care.
After four days of this intensive care, much to the sorrow of the team and the world watching, the second twin went into respiratory and cardiac arrest. While everyone mourns this tragic loss, the survival of the first twin, makes the miracle of a giant panda cub even more poignant.
At I Love Nature, we celebrate the new life of the first born panda cub that has been looking great!
The firstborn cub has survived and grows stronger with all the love and care. Today, we know this cub is male and fathered by the panda Tian Tian. For panda naming, the zoo follows the same Chinese tradition of waiting 100 days to name human babies. On September 25 the zoo held a naming ceremony and announced that the cute panda's name is Bei Bei! As of October 9, the adorable Bei Bei is looking super cute, relaxed and healthy!
What do you think of our cute little friend? Let us know in the comments! :)
Author: Gal Shyli Dayan