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By joslyngray |

A baby panda was born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, to the surprise of zookeepers.

The cub is the second born to giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian as the result of artificial insemination, reports the Associated Press. Since 2007, Mei Xiang has had five consecutive pseudopregnancies, meaning she ovulated without conceiving. After so many failed attempts, she had less than a 10 percent chance of being pregnant.

Staff couldn’t see the panda, because Mei had built a large nest, but they could hear the cub squawking.

“I’m cautiously optimistic as we haven’t seen the cub yet, but we know that Mei is a good mother,” Zoo Director Dennis Kelly said in a news release. “Like everyone else, I’m glued to the panda cam for my first glimpse of the cub!”

Since no photos have surfaced yet of the new baby panda, I went to famed giant panda photographer Jeroen Jacobs to ask if we could share some of his amazing photos with you, and he very kindly agreed! Mr. Jacobs has photographed giant pandas all over the world, collecting the images and information about panda conservation on his website, Giant Panda Zoo.

Check out some of Mr. Jacobs’ stunning photographs of adorable baby giant pandas, below!

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Baby Pandas: The Cuteness, It Burns

Yay!

The giant panda is listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union. Here, a baby panda is cuddled by a handler at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China.

(Photo Credit: copyright Jeroen Jacobs, www.GiantPandaZoo.com)

Need more panda? See Panda Baby! Some Mom Advice to Mei Xiang by Rebekah Kuschmider on Baby’s First Year!

Read more from Joslyn at Strollerderby and at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Joslyn Gray is the mother of four children with a variety of challenges ranging from allergies to ADHD to Asperger Syndrome. She writes candidly and comedically about this and her generally hectic life on her light-hearted personal blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy.. Read bio and latest posts → Read joslyngray's latest posts →

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