Panda Cub Aces Final Exam of 2012

Xiao Liwu rang in the end of the year with yet another successful veterinary exam

By Monica Garske
|  Thursday, Dec 27, 2012  |  Updated 6:41 PM PDT
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Little Xiao Liwu plays -- and even smiles -- during his weekly exam on Dec. 27.

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The San Diego Zoo’s giant panda cub rang in the end of 2012 by acing his weekly exam Thursday, which included playing with a bunch of new toys. Oh, the perks of panda life.

Zookeepers say five-month-old Xiao Liwu did great during his latest veterinary exam. In the midst of all the attention from vets, the cub also found time to play with some new toys, including a plastic ring shaped like a doughnut, which he used as a little chair.

He also played with a plastic ball and a stick of bamboo during the exam.

Zookeepers say the happy, healthy panda cub is growing normally, showing more movement and activity than in past weeks.

His newfound mobility is allowing him to explore more of the panda living areas, and he’s begun venturing outside, showing more interest in his surroundings.

They grow up so fast these days, right?
 

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