San Diego Zoo’s Newest Panda Cub

The newborn panda cub at San Diego Zoo born July 29 has been making healthy progress.

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Panda cub XIao Liwu enjoys some sunny San Diego weather at the zoo on Mar. 2, 2013. Panda life is tough, right?
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Ken Bohn
The San Diego Zoo’s panda cub, Xiao Liwu, started the New Year with a clean bill of health from his veterinarians. During his 20th exam this morning there was bamboo to snack on and various toys including a doughnut- shaped plastic ring (perfect for panda sitting) to play with and a wooden log to climb over. The 22-week-old panda weighed 16 pounds this morning and keepers say he is confidently climbing and full of energy.
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This panda sure loves his bamboo. Here, the cub plays during his Dec. 27, 2012, veterinary exam.
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Xiao Liwu, now five-months-old, plays with a couple of new toys during his final vet exam of 2012 on Dec. 27.
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Ken Bohn, Photographer, San Dieg
Giant panda cub Xiao Liwu stretched out and showed his belly while animal care staff checked him over during his weekly exam at the San Diego Zoo. Nutritionist Jennifer Parsons took his measurements and noted that this panda cub is growing as expected, his measurements on track with other giant pandas born at the Zoo. Xiao Liwu weighs 12.1 pounds and is 25.9 inches long, with all four canine teeth visible in this Nov. 29, 2012 photo.
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In this photo provided by the San Diego Zoo showing the panda cub at the San Diego Zoo during his fifth veterinary exam on Friday Sept.20,2012. The male panda, born on July 29, 2012, weighed 4.9 pounds (2.26 kilograms), nearly a pound more than he weighed during the last exam. Veterinarians recorded that the cub�s eyes are almost open now and believe the cub can see but is likely limited to viewing light and shadows. The San Diego Zoo follows the Chinese cultural tradition of naming the giant panda after it is 100 days old. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo/Tammy Spratt)
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How quickly he's growing! When the newest panda at the San Diego Zoo was examined on Oct. 9, the cub weighed 7.3 lbs. and measured 20" long. His teeth are about to surface, and he's starting to crawl according to the zoo's Facebook page.
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During the Oct. 4 exam, veterinary staff confirmed that the giant panda cub's eyes and ears are fully open.
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The San Diego Zoo's giant panda cub is getting to see and hear more of the world surrounding him.
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Tammy Spratt
The cub received his first rounds of vaccinations on Sept. 25 and vets say, he didn't flinch or even make a sound. The little guy weighs nearly six pounds.nIn true Chinese tradition, the zoo won't name the cub until he's 100 days old. So far, people have submitted more than 75-hundred name suggestions. The zoo will put the most popular suggestions to a public vote next month.
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Tammy Spratt
The panda cub weighs nearly 5 pounds on Sept. 21, 2012 and his eyes are almost open.
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The panda cub at the San Diego Zoo is starting to take a peek at the great, big world around him. During an exam on Sept. 12, animal care staff could see the cub’s eyes beginning to open. This is right on track for this 45-day old male cub. It will take about another 20 days for the eyes to be fully open.
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Starting Sept. 17, the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy will begin taking name suggestions for the male cub <a href="http://www.sandiegozooglobal.org" target="_blank">on its website</a>
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The San Diego Zoo announced after an examination that the panda cub is a boy! The 5-week old cub is healthy at 3.2 pounds.
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The zoo will be asking for the public's help to name the cub.
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The panda's belly is 12-inches in circumference.
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High five! The panda cub is a boy.
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The panda's mother, Bai Yun, has given birth to six panda cubs.
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The San Diego Zoo follows the Chinese cultural tradition of naming the giant panda after it is 100 days old, so he does not have a name yet.
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The panda cub's eyes are still closed since he is only 5 weeks old.
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The cub is 3.2 pounds.
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In an early morning examination by veterinarians, the month-old cub was measured and weighed on Aug. 30, 2012.
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Veterinarians noted a full belly on the cub, who had just finished nursing before the exam.
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No word yet on whether the panda cub is a girl or a boy - stay tuned!
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The cub weighs more than a kilogram (2.2 pounds) and seems to be developing normally.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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The baby panda make its debut on Monday, July 30 when the mother bear left the den briefly.
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The cub was doing flips inside the den.
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The panda cub is the size of a cell phone right now.
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Mama bear returns to her baby bear.
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See how small the cub is? Aww.
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The mother bear holds the cub tight.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Bai Yun has had four cubs at the San Diego Zoo.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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There's a lot of love between these two.
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Images from the cub's first exam on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
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Tammy Spratt
The panda cub’s furry belly was on full display Nov. 1 as the rambunctious boy was examined during his 11th veterinary exam.
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Xiao Liwu and his mother Bai Yun roam the public exhibit at the San Diego Zoo.
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Little Xiao Liwu is not so little any more.
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Xiao Liwu snacks on a few treats in his enclosure.
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Animal-lovers around the world have watched Xiao Liwu grow via the zoo's "Panda Cam" from a tiny bean-shaped speck resting on his mother to a rambunctious fluff ball crawling away from veterinarians at his routine exams.
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"The Panda Team feels our five-month-old cub has become confident enough to navigate around this large habitat while being admired by his adoring fans," said the zoo's blog moderator Debbie Andreen in post Monday.
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