Congratulations are in order for the National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang, who welcomed a cub on Friday evening – and it turns out the little one is already more than happy about the attention.
During an examination by members of the animal care staff on Sunday, the newborn appeared to smile ever-so-slightly for waiting photographers. "The cub is robust, fully formed, and is a bright, healthy shade of pink," reports the Washington zoo's officials.
The cub's birth is the result of artificial insemination after Mei Xiang failed to breed with the National Zoo's male panda Tian Tian. As the baby continues to grow, mother and child will be in isolation for the next few months.
A giant panda gave birth at Washington's National Zoo on Friday, causing buzz among fans as they flocked to a panda cam's live feed to hear the cub squeal and watch the mother immediately start caring for it.
The zoo said Mei Xiang gave birth at 5:32 p.m. Friday, two hours after her water broke. Zoo officials said the panda team heard the cub vocalize and that the mother picked it up immediately and began cradling and caring for it.
"WE HAVE A CUB!! Born at 5:32 p.m. this evening," the zoo Tweeted.
"I'm glued to the new panda cams and thrilled to hear the squeals, which appear healthy, of our newborn cub," said Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Talk about a happy homecoming! More than a month after her birth, panda cub Yuan Zai was reunited with her mother, Yuan Yuan, at Taiwan's Taipei Zoo on Tuesday.
Upon birth, Yuan Zai had been slightly injured and required round-the-clock care in an incubator. After 39 days, zookeepers decided she was ready to meet Mom – and it looks like Mom agreed.
It's three's company for the Sumatran tigers at Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo!
Two rare cubs were born to its resident female, Damai, on Monday, prompting delight from the zoo's keepers.
"All I can do is smile," said great cats curator Craig Saffoe on the zoo's website. "The team has realized our goal of producing critically endangered tiger cubs."
Look who's having twins!
No, not Duchess Catherine, but this pair's arrival is a landmark in its own right. Giant panda Lun Lun and her partner, Yang Yang, both 15-years-old and residing at Georgia's Zoo Atlanta, welcomed a pair of tiny twins on Monday. The births are the first for panda twins in the U.S. since 1987.
If you thought Uma Thurman's name for her nearly 1-year-old daughter was a mouthful, wait until you get a hold of this.
Mariah Carey took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal the names of "dem puppies," the two male and one female pups that were born to her Jack Russell terrier Squeak E. Beans not too long ago.
Dubbing them "the family O Jackson P. Mutley," the singer identified them as "The Good Reverend Pow Jackson, Pipitty L. Jackson (the girl) & Mutley P. Gore Jackson the 3rd!!!" shortly after also posting a photo to Instagram of her and The Good Reverend Pow Jackson.
Now, that's the face of a tiger cub who wants a later curfew.
From the looks of it, tiger kids are no different than your average teenager: Kirana, a female Sumatran tiger, is forced to look away as her newborn cub lets out a wail within their home at the Chester Zoo in England on Monday.
While we're no expert on big cat mother-child relationships, we can't help but flashback to our own door-slamming fights with Mom. The little one's behavior is also in stark contrast to its easy arrival, captured here on video at the start of June.
Oh, to be a newborn sea lion.
This handsome critter was born a week ago at the Marineland animal exhibition park in Antibes, France, and he's already lapping up the benefits of spending summer in the south of France.
On Friday, the baby sea lion joined his mom for a little R&R in the sun, working on his tan while Mom preferred to take a dip. But her babe was never far from her mind, or sight, and her little one seemed as equally pleased with the attention as his surroundings.
Enjoy it while it lasts, mama sea lion: It's only a matter of time until your baby wants his independence.
We all could really (wheel-y!) learn a thing or two from this pig.
Despite being born with malformed hind legs, 6-month-old Chris P. Bacon just rolls with it in a pseudo-wheelchair crafted by his owner, Dr. Len Lucero. The pig was brought to the vet, who resides in Sumterville, Fla., in December after his mother had rejected him and withheld milk due to his deformity. But, "he was full of life," Lucero told The Gainesville Sun. "He had a good heart rate and the attitude of a normal pig."
Since being taken in, Chris has also become a viral sensation thanks to YouTube videos posted by Lucero of the piggy in his wheelchair. But the budding star's latest public appearance on Monday at the University of Florida came on the heels of some more serious news: Chris underwent an operation for a hernia.
We don't normally associate wheelbarrows with cuteness. Farming, sure; manual labor, yes; but now, a litter of newborn puppies has turned something ordinary into something extraordinary.
A sheepdog named Star from Leominster, England, recently gave birth to 14 puppies, considered twice the size of a normal litter. In fact, the black-and-white furballs are so numerous, their owners can only successfully transport them in a wheelbarrow.
The pups are being cared for by Star currently, but will eventually be put up for adoption to find homes of their own. While we admit the energetic brood seems like a handful, we do also prefer our puppies all in one place. All the better to ogle them!
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