Help the Zoo Get Its First Panda Cub Pics

The Smithsonian National Zoo has audible confirmation of a new panda cub, they just haven’t caught a glimpse of the little guy. Mama Mei Xiang is being very protective of the cub born Sunday night.

She’s not leaving the nest, blocking the cub from view of the panda cam.

“Mei Xiang is behaving exactly the same way she did when Tai Shan was born,” Chief Veterinarian Suzan Murray. “She is cradling her cub closely, and she looks so tired, but every time she tries to lay down, the cub squawks and she sits right up and cradles the cub more closely. She is the poster child for a perfect panda mom.”

"Like everyone else, I’m glued to the panda cam for my first glimpse of the cub!” National Zoo Director Dennis Kelly said in the press release announcing the birth.

Now the zoo wants everyone else to help them get the first baby picture.

“And the @NationalZoo wants your help w/ #cubwatch. If you see the cub on the pandacam, tweet them a screen grab,” the Smithsonian tweeted Monday.

So you don’t need to wait for a naming contest to get involved in the zoo’s next biggest draw. If Mei Xiang allows a glimpse of something resembling a stick of butter, get a picture and share!

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