San Diego Zoo Giant Panda Cub Agility Improving

Posted at 11:48 pm November 20, 2012 by PR
Nov. 20, 2012
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San Diego Zoo Giant Panda Cub Agility Improving
Young Bear Has More Teeth and Now Fully Vaccinated



     Giant panda team member Jennifer Becerra carries cub Xiao Liwu from his den to the exam room floor this morning at the San Diego Zoo. The sixth giant panda born at the Zoo had his weekly exam this morning and his final vaccination. The cub weighed 10.8 pounds and measured 25.5 inches. During the exam, a Zoo veterinarian was able to see and feel several teeth in the baby bear’s mouth.

     Animal care staff set out a ball, a chew toy and some bamboo on the exam floor so the cub would have different items to explore. Matt Kinney, DVM, noted that while the giant panda is crawling better than he has in previous weeks, they don’t feel Xiao Liwu is able to navigate the uneven terrain of the Zoo’s panda exhibits. The cub will continue to practice his crawling and walking skills in an off-exhibit suite of rooms before he and his mother, Bai Yun, are given access to a public exhibit. When Mom and cub are in the den, they can be seen online at, the Zoo’s Panda Cam.Photo taken on Nov. 20, 2012, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.


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