As you know, we have a thing for Pandas over here. And thanks to San Diego Zoo’s Zoonooz newsletter (now available on iPad too), we get to keep tabs on the new Panda cub. This week’s milestones include: his first tooth and his advancement beyond crawling. His body condition was also above average, with ample fat stores over his spine and a full belly.
A zoo press release states: ” Senior veterinarian Tracy Clippinger, who conducted the cub’s 11th exam, saw that the cub is pushing up on all four legs and getting his back feet to follow his front feet. The cub is able to keep his belly off the ground, which, she said “is beyond crawling, but not all the way walking.” The cub weighed 8.8 pounds (4 kilograms) this morning. His overall length, from nose to tail, is approximately 23.6 inches (60 centimeters). When examining the cub’s mouth, Clippinger noted that his first tooth broke through the gums on the upper left side of his mouth.”
Here’s a video that shows the giant panda cub’s 11th veterinary exam. Note the sound he makes — too cute!
About the San Diego Zoo’s Panda Research and Global Wildlife Conservancy:
“The San Diego Zoo‘s giant pandas are on a research loan from the People’s Republic of China. As part of this long-term program, the Zoo is also collaborating with the Chinese Academy of Science in studies of behavior, ecology, genetics and conservation of wild pandas living in the Foping Nature Reserve. Only 1,600 giant pandas are believed to exist in the wild, and the species is primarily threatened by habitat loss. San Diego Zoo Global, in conjunction with Chinese panda experts, continues to work on science-based panda conservation programs.
The San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy is dedicated to bringing endangered species back from the brink of extinction. The work of the Conservancy includes onsite wildlife conservation efforts at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, and international field programs in more than 35 countries. In addition, San Diego Zoo Global manages the Anne and Kenneth Griffin Reptile Conservation Center, the Frozen ZooTM and Native Seed Gene Bank, the Keauhou and Maui Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Centers, San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Breeding Facility, Cocha Cashu Biological Research Station, the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, and a 800-acre biodiversity reserve adjacent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.”