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National Zoo panda cub now weighs 8 pounds

1:02 PM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Smithsonian's National Zoo officials gave an update on the giant panda cub.

In an email, they say the unnamed cub now weighs a hefty 8.14 pounds. Officials added that her "tail is starting to shrink relative to the size of her body" and that "keepers report that they are starting to see ridges where her teeth will erupt."

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Keepers report that the cub is scooting and crawling around the den in a manner that indicates it won't be much longer before she takes her first steps.

Keepers say they are getting the cub ready to start her training.

Earlier this week, the cub got to see the world outside her den when mother Mei brought the cub into her larger indoor exhibit area before carrying the cub back inside..

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