One Giant Panda Baby Thing: It’s a Boy!

Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed a new baby panda bear on August 21, but until now the zoo’s biologists did not know whether that little ball of fur is a boy or a girl.  In a gender reveal video released earlier this week we learned it is a boy!  The baby is doing great — growing, crawling, and squawking and squeaking all the time.  You can watch an adorable video of him shot just three days ago by clicking here. Male and female babies look the same at this age so it was not possible to tell until now. The zoo’s vets did an exam of him back in mid-September and they were able to get a DNA sample, and that is how they determined the gender.  His eyes are starting to open and the zoo is pleased that he is doing well.  You can keep up with his progress here, and watch him live here.

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