Squee Alert! Watch San Diego Zoo Panda Cub Take His First Steps

Squee Alert! Watch San Diego Zoo Panda Cub Take His First Steps

updated 10/23/2012 at 03:00 PM EDT

originally published 10/23/2012 05:35PM

The San Diego Zoo's newest panda addition is already getting off on the right foot – literally.

The 11-week-old cub, nicknamed "Sausage" by zookeepers, takes his very first steps, squeaking and blinking along the way, in a recent video filmed during his ninth exam (watch below).

These days, the 21.6-inch, 7.2-lb. giant panda, whose lack of moniker is a nod to the Chinese tradition of waiting 100 days to name newborns, has grown increasingly active, according to the zoo's blog. Although those first bursts of movement look more like a crawl, the little ball of fur can already climb out of his den all by himself, and he's beginning to stand up on all four paws.

Born to 20-year-old Bai Yun on July 29, the zoo's addition is in the spotlight following the tragic death of the Washington, D.C., National Zoo's week-old cub, who died in September because of liver and lung problems.



Catch another glimpse at the cub via the zoo's panda cam.





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