Mei Xiang cradles panda cub at National Zoo in video

12:06 PM, Aug 29, 2013   |    comments
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Photo credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Smithsonian's National Zoo staff report that giant panda Mei Xiang was spotted placing her cub on the floor of her den at approximately 3:37 a.m. Thursday.

You can watch the YouTube video of their interaction here:


The staff says the cub is nursing well and has "a great set of lungs," as indicated by the squawking in the video.

You can see the cub squaking in the video until Mei Xiang picks the cub up and cradles it.

As for Mei Xiang, staff members say she "is much more aware of the keepers when they enter her den space to offer her food." She also appears to be doing well.

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