Breaking: Smaller Of Mei Xiang Twin Panda Cubs Dies From Complications

by Catie Keck
Catie Keck is a New York-based staff writer at LittleThings who has produced work for various web and print publications.

The Associated Press headline early Sunday morning said it best: “It’s Panda-Monium!”

The Washington D.C. Smithsonian National Zoo’s beloved giant panda Mei Xiang has given birth to not one, but two panda cubs late Saturday evening, according to multiple reports.

That’s twin pandas!

NBC Washington reports that the rare twins were born nearly 5 hours apart.

“Mei Xiang was seen picking up and licking her first cub at 5:35 p.m. Saturday, live on the zoo’s panda cams. The cub could be heard squealing just after the birth, which zoo officials called a good sign.

The second cub was born just after 10 p.m. As is the zoo’s practice, one of the two cubs was retreived from Mei Xiang’s enclosure and placed in an incubator. That cub appears to be in good health, according to a post on the zoo’s Facebook page.”

These bouncing babies join Bao Bao, one of Mei Xiang’s previous two surviving cubs who remains at the Zoo with his mother. This will be the first time in the zoo’s history that newborns will join an existing cub.

The Washington Times reports that the Zoo’s director Dennis Kelly was quoted as saying the staff was “so happy, so pleased, so excited.” A video of this momentous occasion was captured on the Zoo’s panda cam below.

Update: According to a statement from the National Zoo, the smaller of the two panda cubs has reportedly died from complications.

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