Can't get enough of the San Diego Zoo's giant panda cub? Meet your new friend, Panda Cam
The San Diego Zoo's newest addition, a giant panda cub born last week, has created such a sensation that the zoo reports its blog has crashed due to the increase in Web traffic. (Don't fret, zoo-blog readers -- it's expected to be available again shortly.)
For those who just can't get enough baby panda, the zoo's Panda Cam may be just the ticket. Panda Cam broadcasts a live feed to let the Web-surfing world in on what the pandas are up to, and it can be a pretty intoxicating viewing experience (provided the pandas aren't sleeping).
The baby's sex is not yet known, and the zoo reports that it is currently only about the size of a stick of butter. Giant pandas are born both hairless and helpless, so mother panda Bai Yun has her work cut out for her in the coming months.
Fortunately, Bai Yun is an old pro at child-rearing: She's previously given birth to four cubs at the zoo, Hua Mei, Mei Sheng, Su Lin and Zhen Zhen. The first, Hua Mei, was the first giant panda born in North America to survive to adulthood, and she's since given birth to six cubs of her own.
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Bai Yun with her infant cub shortly after its birth Aug. 5. Credit: Associated Press