Great news! Last night at 10:46 p.m., a baby panda was born to Mei Xiang from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. I’m so excited! I love the National Zoo and try to visit the pandas every time we visit my sister-in-law Sara. One of my go-to “sick day” movies is a documentary I bought about the birth of Tai Shan, Mei Xiang’s last baby cub. It just lifts my spirits to see a baby panda romping around being cute. According to this article from the Los Angeles Times, the baby is loud and healthy. His or her first exam will be in a few weeks, when we’ll find out if the cub is a boy or a girl! By tradition, the baby won’t be named until its 100th day, which by my calculations should be Christmas Day! How perfect!
Here’s a video documenting the birth (skip to 14:24 to see the exciting part!):
Are you excited about the new baby panda? I think the world could always use more cuteness.