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.