The giant panda paternity mystery is solved. The father of the National Zoo’s newborn female panda cub is Tian Tian, zoo officials announced Thursday.
Sept. 5, 2013 It’s a girl! Scientists at the National Zoo used two tests that analyzed fragments of the zinc finger protein gene to confirm the gender of Mei Xiang’s new giant panda cub. A paternity analysis shows that her father is the zoo’s Tian Tian. The scientists also analyzed her second stillborn cub, which was a girl. The cubs were fraternal twins, the zoo said. National Zoo Buy Photo