The San Diego Zoo’s newest addition has put its mother in the record books, The Los Angeles Times reports.
When 21-year-old Bai Yun gave birth to her sixth panda cub Sunday afternoon, she gave the zoo the largest collection of the endangered species born in captivity outside of their native China. Also, zoo officials told KFMB-TV Bai Yun just missed being the oldest panda to have a cub in captivity by two days.
Zoo officials said this birth took longer than usual for Bai Yun because of her age, but that both mother and baby are doing fine. The pandas, which also include Bai Yun’s regular mate Gao Gao, are in San Diego through next year as part of a program with China to help the endangered species survive.
In keeping with tradition, the cub will not be named until it’s 100 days old, with the name to be determined via an online poll. Officials told KMFB that Bai Yun and the new cub will be taken out of the normal exhibit until December, to allow for them to bond in peace, and that the cub’s gender won’t be determined until she allows them to examine it without disturbing the process.
Watch KFMB’s report on Bai Yun’s new cub, aired July 29, below: