UPDATE: Sadly, the panda cub born at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding died at just 5 days old. Keepers are unsure what caused the cub’s death since all of the animals vitals were normal
The panda population just got a little bit stronger.
According to The Telegraph, a panda cub was born on Friday at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China. What will one day become a giant, bear-shaped Oreo is now just a 145 gram, pink jelly bean. (That’s one hundredth of his mom’s weight, by the way!)
The newborn, who has not been named, is splitting his time between mom and an incubator, where the cub is cared for by the center’s staff.
Mom Ai Bang had the center guessing until the very end about whether she would actually give birth. The tricky, snack-loving mother panda faked a pregnancy in 2014 to get more fruit and an upgrade to a more comfy maternity enclosure. Hopefully this determination and hustle has been passed on to her little one.
Congrats Ai Bang, enjoy the extra fruit and cub cuddles!