DC Panda that Birthed Live Cub Has Stillborn

August 25, 2013

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - An official says a panda that gave birth to a cub at Washington's National Zoo has also given birth to a stillborn cub.

Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson says Mei Xiang gave birth to the motionless cub Saturday night and groomed it for 17 minutes before letting it fall to the floor. She says the cub wasn't fully formed and was never alive.

Mei gave birth to a live cub on Friday that zoo workers are cautiously optimistic is healthy.

Baker-Masson says Mei still hasn't allowed staffers to get their first close look at her live cub but they could hear the newborn squealing and it appears to be doing well.

A necropsy is being performed on the stillborn cub.

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