National Zoo’s Mei Xiang Gives birth to Her 3rd Cub

The National Zoo in Washington says there’s one more panda in the world after its female giant panda gave birth to a cub on Saturday.

Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson confirmed in an email that Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) gave birth to the cub at 5:35 p.m. If the cub survives, it would be the 17-year-old panda’s third surviving offspring.

She gave birth to that cub’s twin around 10:35 at night. 

Mei Xiang’s first cub, Tai Shan, was born in 2005. Her second cub, Bao Bao, turns 2-years-old on Sunday.

Update: she gave birth to a 4th cub, the fist cub’s twin around 10:35 pm Saturday night. 

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