National Zoo Giant Panda Gives Birth To 2 Cubs

Stay classy, panda.

IT’S THE BIG STORY OF THE SUMMER: Looks like Mei Xiang, the panda at Washington’s National Zoo, has given birth ― to double panda cubs!


Today’s story is one of the most remarkable things ever to happen to Washington, D.C. Or even the world. The mood is tense. We have been on some serious, serious reports, but none like this. We can only speculate as to the sex of the panda, but if we had to guess, we’d say female (it’s female).

And now that we’ve got our Anchorman quotes out of the way, here’s what you need to know:

Mei Xiang gave birth at 5:34 p.m.!

And then again!

Earlier Saturday, zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson said that panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) appeared to go into labor.

Mei Xiang's first cub, Tai Shan, was born in 2005. Her second cub, Bao Bao, turns 2 on Sunday. A second, stillborn cub was also born in 2013. And in 2012, Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub that died after just six days. Its lungs hadn't fully developed.

But in 2015, she got a twofer!

Stay classy, San Diego. And Washington.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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