he giant panda cub born to Lun Lun on November 3, 2010, appears to be healthy and strong. The Animal Management and Veterinary Teams continue 24-hour monitoring of the three-time mother and her newest arrival, whose sex is not yet known.
Lun Lun continues to provide excellent care, including keeping the cub warm by cradling it close to her chest. Newborn giant pandas, which are born nearly hairless, are unable to regulate their own body temperatures until they are 3 to 4 weeks old.
On visual examination of Lun Lun and the cub this morning, Lun Lun appears to be calm and rested, and the cub appears to be doing very well, said Sam Rivera, DVM, Associate Veterinarian at Zoo Atlanta. Its color is a healthy pink, I saw it move, and heard several healthy vocalizations. The cub has also been seen nursing, which is very rewarding and shows Lun Lun is doing a great job attending to the needs of her precious cub.
While Lun Lun and the cub are not expected to make their debut to Members and guests until spring 2011, web users can follow the pair on PandaCam presented by Earthcam, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to stay abreast of all things panda by following Zoo Atlanta on our website and on Twitter, joining the Zoo Atlanta Facebook community, and registering for biweekly eUpdate newsletters.
Zoo Atlantas Giant Panda Cub Born to Lun Lun Appears to be Healthy Zoo and Aquarium Visitor News