The Washington Post

Everything you need to know about baby pandas, in one chart

The National Zoo has a new baby panda! And Wonkblog has a chart!

A baby panda was born at the National Zoo at 5:32 p.m. on Friday afternoon. It has since undergone its first doctor's check-up and been deemed "a very healthy, active, vibrant cub." Here's what to expect next, via the Washington Post's graphics department:

And here's a picture of what the National Zoo's panda cub looked like on Saturday, during its exam:

Photo by Courtney Janney, NZP

We don't know yet the gender of the cub, or its father (Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated by two male pandas and, during the exam, zookeepers collected a DNA sample to determine paternity).  Welcome to the world, little guy (or girl!)

Show Comments

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.