Bei Bei, an adorable baby Panda will make its appearance soon at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. The public will be able to see the little cub on January 16 next year. By that time, Bei Bei will be able to stand in the zoo environment without being at risk. The announcement was made on the zoo’s Twitter account on Tuesday.
Born on August 22, Bei Bei can crawl, but has already taken his first steps. His parents, called Mei Xiang and Tian Tian have had another three cubs. Tai Shan, the first one, lives in China, while the second one was born in 2013 in the U.S., and is named Bao Bao. Another cub unfortunately died after a very short life on August 22.
The statement informed that Bei Bei seems to be larger than both his siblings were at his age and weights 12.5 pounds. When he was born, he had a little over 5 ounces, as Panda bears are born extremely small, hairless and pink.
As the Great Panda faces extinction, Bei Bei and his brother that did not survive were both conceived using artificial insemination. At the moment, their numbers are not doing so well, with only 1,600 Pandas in the wild and 300 in captivity. The species is endangered because it records an extremely low reproductive rate.
The panda house of the National Zoo has been closed since Bei Bei’s birth in order to insure the best and most comfortable conditions for both the mother and the cub. When it will reopen in January, the public will be able to visit between 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day.
Bei Bei and Mei Xiang will be able to enter the den where the cub was born even after the panda house will be reopened. However, people will be able to view their activity inside the den only via the panda cam. The panda cam is currently the only way the public can see the little black and white bear until January 16.
The National Zoo has also stated that visitors will be able to visit the panda house in small groups, but only during high visitation days. National Zoo members can however catch a glimpse of the Panda cub a bit earlier, on January 8.
The good news that an adorable baby Panda will make its appearance soon has been received with a lot of enthusiasm and is a good sign for the future of the species.
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