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Panda at San Diego Zoo gives birth to healthy cub

August 5, 2009 | 10:02 am


Bai Yun, the female panda at the San Diego Zoo, has given birth to a healthy cub, zoo officials announced today.

The cub is Bai Yun's fifth offspring. The father is Gao Gao, the zoo's male. The two mated in April.

Initially, it had appeared on ultrasound that Bai Yun had two fetuses. But only one birth was recorded.

The gender of the cub will not be known until a closer examination is made. The cub is described as roughly the size of a stick of butter.

The cub will not be named for 100 days, as part of Chinese tradition. Under the agreement between the U.S. and the Chinese government, the cub will ultimately be shipped to China.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Bai Yun. Credit: San Diego Zoo