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    It's a Boy! Giant Baby Panda


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ChrisMorrow interviewed the panda keeper at the San Diego Zoo this week and used examination footage with permission from the zoo. She is looking forward to meeting the baby in person. 'I love giant pandas ... They are just so cuddly looking,' she said.
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    What's black & white and fuzzy all over? A Giant Baby Panda!


    According to press releases from San Diego Zoo: On Sunday, July 29 at a little after 11 am PST the giant panda team at the San Diego Zoo observed signs of labor in Bai Yun, a 20-year-old female giant panda at the San Diego Zoo. After a prolonged delivery, the cub was born at about 2:10 pm. This birth makes Bai Yun one of the oldest giant pandas known to give birth to a cub. This is also the sixth cub born at the San Diego Zoo, the most born at a breeding facility outside of China. All six giant panda cubs have been born to Bai Yun.

    @ 5 weeks old the giant panda had its weekly exam on Thursday. After getting only their third look at the cub, veterinarians determined the 3.2-pound baby panda is a boy.

    According to press releases from San Diego Zoo: Newborn giant panda cubs are born pink and grey, without sight and weigh an average of 4 ounces, or 112 grams. Their trademark black-and-white markings develop within the first months. The sex of the cub was not known until week 5 when he had his weekly exam Sept. 6th. Week 6 exam was Sept. 12 and he is beginning to open his eyes. The San Diego Zoo follows the Chinese cultural tradition of naming the giant panda after it is 100 days old. Starting Sept. 17, 2012, the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy will be taking name suggestions for the cub on www.sandiegozooglobal.org . The San Diego ZooKeeper said the names must be submitted in Chinese pinyin, which is the official system to transcribe Chinese characters into Latin script, and significance of the name must be included to be considered. The Zoo will take submissions until Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.

    Panda fans can watch Mom and cub in the den at www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam  to help them get ideas for the cub’s name. Bai Yun, whose name means “white cloud,” has given birth to six cubs at the San Diego Zoo: three males and three females. Her previous five cubs, in order of birth, have been named Hua Mei (China USA), Mei Sheng (beautiful life), Su Lin (a little bit of something very cute), Zhen Zhen, (precious), and Yun Zi, (son of cloud). The cub’s father’s name, Gao Gao, means “big big.”

    According to press releases from San Diego Zoo: Giant pandas are on a research loan to the San Diego Zoo from China. As part of this long-term program, the San Diego Zoo is also collaborating with the Chinese Academy of Science in studies of behavior, ecology, genetics and conservation of wild pandas living in the Foping Nature Reserve. Only 1,600 giant pandas are believed to exist in the wild, and the species is primarily threatened by habitat loss. The San Diego Zoo, in conjunction with Chinese panda experts, is working to support science-based conservation of the species.

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