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DC zoo hopes to get closer look at day-old panda

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago August 24, 2013 Aug 24, 2013 Saturday, August 24 2013 August 24, 2013 11:42 AM in News
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A team of panda caretakers at Washington's National Zoo is hoping to get the first close look at a day-old panda cub during an exam.

The minutes-long health assessment is planned for Saturday, but mom Mei Xiang has to give keepers an opportunity to take her cub, which is about the size of a stick of butter. During the exam, officials will try to listen to the cub's heart and lungs, record its weight and collect a DNA sample.

The cub born Friday evening is Mei Xiang's third, but the cub she gave birth to last year died after living just a week. Before that, her last cub was born in 2005.

Zookeepers plan to be more hands-on with this cub after last year's death.

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