In less than a year, a newborn panda cub will go from weighing less than a pound to being a fun-loving bundle of fur. It’s a bit like going from a butterstick to a butterball! With the birth of a new panda cub at the National Zoo, here’s a look back at how Tai Shan grew in his first year.
How a baby panda grows 9 days: This photo shows the baby panda born in July 2005 when he was about 9 days old. Panda cubs are born weighing about a quarter of a pound. They are blind, have none of the black and white hair they are famous for and can fit in an adult's hand. This cub would later be named Tai Shan. Smithsonian's National Zoo Buy Photo