A GI­ANT panda at the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Zoo in Washington DC, USA, has given birth to a tiny cub – and you can see them both on the zoo’s panda-cam.

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Mum Mei Xiang gave birth on Fri­day 21 Au­gust to a healthy, wrig­gly baby. Cam­eras set up in Mei Xiang’s den cap­ture 24-hour footage of the mum and her cub, which helps zookeep­ers to keep an eye on the pair with­out dis­turb­ing them. You can tune in too!

Baby pan­das are born com­pletely help­less and weigh only 90-120 g, but they grow quickly. The new­born cub is to­tally de­pen­dent on its mother and will spend most of its time tucked un­der Mei Xiang’s chin or arm for warmth. It com­mu­ni­cates with loud squeaks and squeals, which you can of­ten hear on the livestream. Keep­ers won’t be able to tell if it is a boy or a girl for a few months.

The ar­rival is def­i­nitely a cause for cel­e­bra­tion, as the gi­ant panda is still listed as a vul­ner­a­ble species.

The new cub will stay with Mei Xiang at the zoo un­til it is around four years old, when it will be trans­ferred to China to be part of the world­wide breed­ing pro­gramme for this species.

You can watch Mei Xiang and her cub on­line at https://na­tion­al­­b­cams/panda-cam.

The cub will spend a lot of time tucked un­der Mei Xiang’s chin for warmth Mei Xiang hang­ing out in her en­clo­sure last year

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