National Zoo's Panda Cub Turns 4 Weeks Old

Saturday, Sep 21, 2013  |  Updated 7:52 AM EDT
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National Zoo Reveals Panda Cub's Sex

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National Zoo Reveals Panda Cub's Sex

The National Zoo announced Thursday the panda cub born last month is a girl! News4's Megan McGrath has the story.
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The National Zoo's panda cub turned four weeks old Friday, and zoo staff say the little munchkin looks like Mom -- and Dad. And no, not just because all pandas look alike.

These are experts providing this information, after all.

"Keepers report that she appears to have eye markings shaped like Mei Xiang's and a back saddle shaped like Tian Tian's," the zoo said on Facebook.

The tiny cub also isn't as tiny as she once was. Earlier this week, the zoo announced the baby girl weighs almost two pounds; on Friday, they noted that she's nearly as round as she is long.

That roundness was on full display in a new video posted by the zoo that shows the cub being cradled by devoted mama Mei Xiang. The cub yawns before being drawn closer to her mother. See the video here.

The next milestone coming up? Panda cubs' eyes open at around four to six weeks.

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