It is with great sadness that I report that the cub that was born only 6 days ago at Washington DC Zoo to Mei Xiang Mei Xiang 美香 473 1998-Jul-22 Female Smithsonian's National Zoo WOLONG Xue Xue - #444 LIn Nan - #298 has died.
Panda keepers and volunteers heard Mei Xiang Mei Xiang 美香 473 1998-Jul-22 Female Smithsonian's National Zoo WOLONG Xue Xue - #444 LIn Nan - #298 make a distress vocalization at 9:17 a.m. and let the veterinarian staff know immediately. They turned off the panda cam and were able to safely retrieve the cub for an evaluation at 10:22 a.m., which we only do in situations of gravest concern. The veterinarians immediately performed CPR and other life-saving measures, but sadly the cub was unresponsive. We’ll have more updates as we learn more, but right now we know is that the cub weighed just under 100 grams and that there was no outward sign of trauma or infection. We’ll share information with you as we learn more.