National Zoo reveals 2-week-old giant panda cub is female, father is panda at DC zoo

National Zoo reveals 2-week-old giant panda cub is female, father is panda at DC zoo

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 25: In this handout photo provided by Smithsonian's National Zoo, the giant panda cub born on August 23 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo receives an exam from animal care staff on August 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Chief veterinarian Suzan Murray reports that the cub is robust, has a steady heartbeat, a full belly (is nursing well), and has successfully passed fecals. Zoo officials do not yet know the cub's sex. Animal care staff obtained a DNA sample. It will take approximately 2-3 weeks before the sex is known.The cub weighs 137 grams (about 4.83 ounces). (Photo by Courtney Janney/ Smithsonian's National Zoo via Getty Images)

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by BRETT ZONGKER / Associated Press

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Posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 8:50 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian’s National Zoo says its 2-week-old giant panda cub is female.

The Washington zoo also revealed Thursday that the cub’s father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian.

Panda mother Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated with sperm from Tian Tian, as well as a panda named Gao Gao at the San Diego Zoo. It takes time to determine a cub’s gender, and a DNA sample was collected to determine the cub’s paternity.

The surviving panda cub has been described as healthy and active. Zookeepers conducted a 10-minute physical examination days after it was born. Veterinarians said the cub had a steady heartbeat and appeared to be digesting its food.

Officials are also expected to release more details about a second stillborn cub.

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