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Helping Nature Along: Breeding Giant Pandas

Zoo Welcomes Birth of Tai Shan

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Zoo Welcomes Birth of Tai Shan

National Zoo's chief veterinarian Suzan Murray and her team conduct a health exam on Tai Shan, the first surviving cub born at the Washington, D.C. zoo on July 9, 2005. Here, Tai Shan is almost two months old.

At birth, a giant panda cub weighs only three to five ounces, which is about 1/900th the size of its mother. Aside from marsupials, the giant panda cub is the smallest mammal newborn relative to its mother's size.

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