To Washingtonians, it’s like a royal birth — if royal births were captured on live feed and immediately distributed through Instagram.

In case you haven’t heard, giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to two cubs over the weekend at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington. For those who missed the moment on the ever-popular Panda Cam, the Zoo’s social media feeds have been actively documenting the cubs’ early moments with keepers and their mother.

Greeting new pandas is a time-honored Washington tradition. As the Post reports, the birth of the cubs launches a “fresh and not totally unexpected chapter in the public romance with the rotund black-and-white bears”:

Inside the panda house Saturday afternoon, a small, rapt knot of onlookers watched on a video monitor as Mei Xiang tossed and turned in her cage. About 4:30 p.m., zoo officials confirmed that the panda’s water had broken …

Suddenly at 5:33, someone said, “I think it’s coming.” A silence fell over the crowd. “Come on, sweet mama,” [visitor Susan] Powell said. “Come on, baby.” At 5:35, the first glimpse of the baby came on the screen. People burst into applause and shouted, “Yes! Yes! Oh, my God!”

Watch the two births via Instagram below:

The posts are the first in what will undoubtedly be a lifetime of social media stardoms for the new cubs. Here’s the older cub being examined by veterinarians on Sunday — let the mania begin:

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Around 6:30 a.m. veterinarians examined the cub Mei Xiang gave birth to at 5:35 p.m. on Aug. 22. Upon exam, this cub is vocalizing well and appears strong. They plan to swap the cubs every three hours if possible. Per the Zoo’s Giant Panda Twin Hand-Rearing protocol, the team has developed a few different strategies and will continue to try different methods of swapping and hand-rearing. Much of that will be dictated by Mei. The panda team will alternately swap the cubs, allowing one to nurse and spend time with Mei while the other is kept warm in an incubator and bottle-fed as necessary. The primary goal for the panda team is for both cubs to have the benefit of nursing and spending time with their mother. It's too early to guess about when the cubs will be placed together. #PandaStory #WeSaveSpecies #InstaScience @smithsonian

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