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« Reply #45 on: 22-Aug-15, 04:37:26 PM »

Panda team has confirmed that Mei Xiang's water broke. Hoping for healthy cub. May take a few hours. Keep watching our panda cam. If you're having trouble connecting, download National Zoo app. ‪#‎PandaStory‬ ‪#‎WeSaveSpecies‬
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« Reply #46 on: 22-Aug-15, 04:48:05 PM »

I actually managed to connect long enough to see her water break! So exciting...praying for a heathly cub!
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« Reply #47 on: 22-Aug-15, 05:38:08 PM »

WE HAVE A CUB!!!
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« Reply #48 on: 22-Aug-15, 05:47:56 PM »

WE HAVE A CUB!!!

Pooh..went swimming and missed it!  Yay for Mei!  yahoo  panda
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« Reply #49 on: 22-Aug-15, 07:13:18 PM »

Birth video!

http://youtu.be/JnXDXjcfllQ
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« Reply #50 on: 23-Aug-15, 05:39:21 AM »

I went to bed too early, TWINS!!!!

We can confirm a second giant panda cub was born at 10:07 pm. The panda team retrieved one of the cubs per "twin hand rearing" protocol and has placed it in an incubator. It appears to be in good health."
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« Reply #51 on: 23-Aug-15, 06:04:07 AM »

I went to bed too early, TWINS!!!!

We can confirm a second giant panda cub was born at 10:07 pm. The panda team retrieved one of the cubs per "twin hand rearing" protocol and has placed it in an incubator. It appears to be in good health."


Hurrah! Little things!! Live long and prosper.
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« Reply #53 on: 23-Aug-15, 06:45:28 AM »

Just saw that!! Cute little pink baby!!  heart
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« Reply #54 on: 23-Aug-15, 08:11:16 AM »

https://m.facebook.com/nationalzoo?ref=tn_tnmn

Second cub birth video on Facebook! I think I finally reconnected after #2 was born and I had no idea what had happened.  yahoo
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« Reply #55 on: 23-Aug-15, 09:15:03 AM »

https://m.facebook.com/nationalzoo?ref=tn_tnmn

Second cub birth video on Facebook! I think I finally reconnected after #2 was born and I had no idea what had happened.  yahoo

Oh my gosh!  Shocked Twins!  We might be making another Panda visit next year!   yahoo
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« Reply #56 on: 23-Aug-15, 09:19:15 AM »

They just had a live presser online, both cubs doing well. Here is the link to watch it on replay:

https://www.periscope.tv/w/aKm0kDEyNjJ8NjgwMDQ3MzWpqEM_hgEDXwV73kgkiGAsJmMNjBabMnMD_zMsqEP5vg==

Cub 1 that we saw born was only 86 grams - he/she spent 10 hours with mom until they did a swap at 6.30 am and now he/she is in the incubator.

Cub 2 is a hefty 138 grams - he was born second and that was the one they retrieved and he is now with mom after the swap.

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« Reply #57 on: 23-Aug-15, 11:02:08 AM »

https://www.facebook.com/nationalzoo?fref=nf

First-born cub exam
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« Reply #58 on: 23-Aug-15, 12:24:17 PM »


Isn't this amazing!!! How easy it is to feel truly involved. Thanks, Ei!
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« Reply #59 on: 25-Aug-15, 02:41:51 PM »

I can't copy the picture from instagram, but this update was posted there...

Mei Xiang has not been a willing participant in the panda team’s efforts to switch the cubs since 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon. She has the larger cub in her possession. The panda team is caring for the smaller cub and will continue efforts to swap the cubs about every four hours. However, because the smaller cub has been away from Mei, the panda team is now managing it more intensely. The little cub’s behaviors are good. The team is concerned about its fluctuating weight since the cub is now more than 48 hours old. The most important thing for the panda team is to help the cub get enough fluids and nutrients. To accomplish this, they are bottle and tube feeding the cub. The cub has shown some signs of regurgitation which can lead to aspiration in such a tiny creature. To be prudent, the veterinarians are administering antibiotics to prevent possible infection. It’s very important to keep the cub hydrated so they are alternating an infant electrolyte solution with formula and administering fluids under the skin. The cub is urinating and defecating well. The veterinarians have not seen any sign of respiratory distress.

Our observations of the larger cub from yesterday indicate it is doing well and we’re confident Mei Xiang is taking very good care of it. We remain in a high-risk period.

We’ve received a lot of questions about the tiny size of the panda cubs. Bear cubs have the smallest infant-to-mother size ratio of any placental mammal at approx. 1 to 700. Mei Xiang currently weighs about 238 pounds. One of the cubs weighed 86 grams at birth, a 1 to 1,256 ratio of cub to mom. The larger cub weighed 138 grams at birth, a 1 to 783 ratio of cub to mom.

Asia Trail keepers (who successfully hand-reared a sloth bear named Remi last year), additional veterinarian staff and a panda keeper from Zoo Atlanta have been well integrated into the panda team. The entire Zoo community appreciates the outpouring of well-wishes from around the world.
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