You Can See Me Now

* After months of anticipation, Washington's panda cub met his adoring public yesterday.

"He's very cute and cuddly," said Caroline Jarrard, 8, of Falls Church. Her third-grade field trip got a surprise when the kids were invited into the Panda House on the first day it has been open since Tai Shan's birth in July.

Free tickets to see the cub were snapped up in one day last month. The zoo also gives out 60 same-day tickets at 8 each morning. Each person may get as many as six tickets. Visiting begins at 11 a.m.

Please note: Tai Shan is a baby and needs his naps, so there is no guarantee of seeing him when you visit.

Also, the zoo is closed Dec. 25.

Video of the cub can be seen at

Missing No More

* Those missing rare newspapers describing the 1919 World Series scandal have been found -- at the University of Illinois library where they belong. Librarians don't know who had the papers for the past two months but are glad to have them back.

Does This Add Up?

* When did you first learn arithmetic? First grade? Second?

Actually, kids have some understanding of numbers long before their first math lesson -- before they can talk, even. Some animals have the same ability.

Tests have shown that children as young as 12 months can estimate amounts (which plate has the most cookies, for example) without being able to read or add. In the animal world, cotton-top tamarins, for instance, will stare longer at two Froot Loops than at one.

The research could lead to better ways of teaching math by tapping into skills children already have, Science News for Kids says.

Monkey Do-ings

* This just in: Girl monkeys like to play with dolls and cooking items, while boy monkeys prefer toy cars and balls.

KidsPost is telling you this in case there are any monkeys on your holiday shopping list.

Visitors get their first look at Tai Shan yesterday at the National Zoo.