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Panda Cam Shows Mei Xiang Cradling Panda Cub (PHOTOS)

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A screen grab from the panda cam shows Mei Xiang with her new baby, born at the National Zoo on Sunday night. | National Zoo/Pandacam

WASHINGTON -- See that little speck of white that mama panda Mei Xiang is cradling under her chin? That's her brand new baby! (Yeah, the baby's not so easy to see; he or she -- we won't know the sex for at least a few weeks -- is only about 4 ounces big now.)

Hopefully, while you're glued to the Panda Cam video feeds you'll catch another glimpse that tiny baby, born on Sunday night.

And when you do spot the little one, who will be named on Dec. 24, the National Zoo is asking that you get a screen grab and tweet it to @NationalZoo with the hashtag #cubwatch:


Smithsonian
And the wants your help w/ . If you see the cub on the pandacam, tweet them a screen grab

As you can see in the impossibly cute slideshow below, some photos have started coming in. As you can see from the fact that the slideshow is very short, not enough people are spending all their time glued to the Panda Cams.

Do your part: Here's a link to one of the Panda Cams and another. You can even watch from your phone, using the National Zoo's app.

You probably don't need more enticement, but in case you do, the new baby is said to be quite vocal:


Jessica Orquina
I can hear the baby panda squeaking! So amazing...

You can also hear the baby squeaking in this Panda Cam video clip, taken Monday night.

And if you prefer your vocal baby pandas on the snarky side, here are a couple of Twitter feeds purportedly from the newborn.

For those concerned about the new baby's wellbeing, the Zoo issued a media statement on Tuesday saying that mother and child seem both to be doing well. Zookeepers report that they've seen evidence the nursing and that Mei Xiang is exhibiting "excellent maternal behaviors," being "prompt to cradle and groom the cub."

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