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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