#PandaStory: The Cub’s Growing Girth
Sep. 25, 2020

This update was written by Laurie Thompson, assistant curator of giant pandas.

When Mei Xiang left her den to grab a bite to eat this morning, we had another opportunity to conduct a brief exam on our 1-month-old giant panda cub. The newborn was quite sleepy when we retrieved it from the den and napped through much of the excitement.  

As of this morning, the cub weighed 1,337 grams, or just under three pounds. From nose to tail tip, it measured 35.5 centimeters, or 13.9 inches (its tail accounts for two of those inches). For the first time, we had a chance to measure the cub’s abdominal girth as well. It’s back and belly measured 32 centimeters, or 12.5 inches in circumference. Our plump panda cub is almost as round as it is long!

At one month old, our cub relies on Mei Xiang’s milk for all of its nutritional needs. Around 1 year old, bamboo and other solid foods make up the majority of a panda's diet. However, it may nurse for comfort up to 18 months of age.

As I mentioned in my last update, our veterinary team obtained a cheek swab from the cub during its Sept. 19 exam. Our Center for Conservation Genomics is analyzing the cub’s DNA, and we should know definitively in a week or two whether it is a male or female. Stay tuned for that exciting development!

Group birthday party held for SW China panda cubs
Over 10 baby pandas born in 2019 celebrated their birthday together at the Shenshuping base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda.

Under the watchful eye of their parents, the panda cubs emerged to the cheerful tune of "Happy Birthday to You" and enjoyed their three-layer birthday cake made of ice, fruits and vegetables.

Musicians from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music performed 10 songs with traditional Chinese instruments including the panpipes, bamboo flute and pipa, or the Chinese lute, for the furry youngsters.

This year's collective birthday party was postponed from July to September due to the epidemic and mudslides in flood season, according to the center.

A total of 32 giant pandas were born in 2019 at the center, including 10 pairs of twins. At present, the number of giant pandas in captivity at the center has surpassed 300.

Zoo Atlanta throws birthday bash for 23-year-old
giant panda Yang Yang
One of Zoo Atlanta’s resident giant pandas celebrated his 23rd birthday in the best possible way.

Yang Yang celebrated with large ice “cake” filled with bamboo leaves and scented with Yang Yang’s two favorite scents: Tabasco and Listerine. It was specially created by the zoo’s Giant Panda Care Team.

“Other panda-perfect prizes included two smaller ice treats shaped into the numerals 2 and 3; a ‘candle’ made of sugarcane and topped with sweet potatoes; and a birthday box full of leafeater biscuits,” the zoo wrote in a release about the birthday celebration.

The zoo is open to the public again with new safety measures, but the celebration was also broadcasted on the zoo’s PandaCam that can be found at

Atlanta is honored to host one of the three zoos in the United States to house the giant pandas. Fewer than 1,900 are in the wild in China while more than 1,200 live inside nature reserves. Zoo Atlanta supports eight of those reserves and has contributed more than $10 million in support of conservation effort.

We wish Yang Yang many happy returns!

Giant pandas
seen in Shaanxi
Twin pandas celebrate their first birthday with frozen cake at Berlin Zoo
Infrared camera catches images of wild panda looking for water
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