Photos: Early Glimpses of National Zoo's Newborn Panda Cub

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The National Zoo’s 3-week-old giant panda cub is growing wispy fur, but pink skin is still visible on its muzzle.
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The National Zoo’s 3-week-old giant panda cub is growing wispy fur, but pink skin is still visible on its muzzle.
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The panda cub has reached one week old, and you can see those iconic black spots beginning to form around its eyes.
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Keepers say the panda cub's noisy cries are a sign of good health.
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Mei Xiang has been resting on her side following this cub birth. When her other three cubs were tiny, she often kept them tucked under her arm. Keepers say her new position is probably more comfortable.
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Panda mothers forgo eating and drinking in the first days of their cubs' life to make sure they stay warm.
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Newborn panda cubs can't regulate their temperatures well, so mom Mei Xiang only leaves her cub unattended for very short periods of time.
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