San Diego Welcomes Its Newest Resident

Wednesday, August 3, 2005, 13:08 —by Eddie Phanichkul
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Giant panda Bai Yun gave birth to a new panda cub last night at the San Diego Zoo, the third cub to be born at the zoo. The San Diego Zoo now has the world’s largest population of giant pandas outside of mainland China. Currently there are four giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo, including Bai Yun and her newborn cub, the male panda Gao Gao, and Mei Sheng, a male cub that will be 2 years old August 19.

The zoo first learned Bai Yun was pregnant in July. Giant pandas have a gestation period of about 3-5 months and the zoo began 24-hour monitoring of Bai Yun’s pregnancy July 29. The cub’s sex isn’t yet known and typically, the Chinese government names the cub after their 100th day.

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3 Responses to “San Diego Welcomes Its Newest Resident”

  1. David Moye said on Thursday, August 4, 2005, 12:11

    These days, it’s hard to hear about panda news without thinking back to the Will Farrell comedy, Anchorman, where the panda’s birth was a major plot point.

  2. pollycharlie said on Thursday, August 25, 2005, 10:53

    Her name is Bai Yun, stands for White Clouds.

  3. Eddie said on Thursday, August 25, 2005, 10:56

    Oh, my mistake. I’ll correct it.

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