National Zoo’s panda cub turns 1 month old

Time flies, and one of Washington’s most-celebrated new residents has passed a milestone: the giant panda cub at the National Zoo turned 4 weeks old Friday and appears to be thriving.

She is “growing exponentially,” the zoo said, and is nearly as round as she is long.

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The cub has apparently seen nothing of the adoration provoked by her birth on Aug. 23. In fact, it may be a while before her eyes even open, the zoo said. That usually comes between 40 and 60 days after birth.

On Sept. 16, her first veterinary exam gave her a clean bill of health. Her mother, Mei Xiang, left her temporarily, and zoo staff members checked her out. She weighed a little less than two pounds and was 101 / 2 inches long.

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