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San Diego Zoo Panda Cub Gets First Exam

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San Diego Zoo's sixth giant panda cub got a clean bill of health. (Image credit: Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.)

A giant panda cub born recently at the San Diego Zoo has received its first veterinary exam, the announced late last week.

The quick, 3-minute exam allowed staff just enough time to determine that the cub is healthy, thriving and weighs 1.5 pounds (0.7 kilograms). Vets were able to listen to the cub's heart and lungs, both of which sounded good, but were not able to determine its sex.

The tiny paws of the cub seen in the above photo will grow into one of the most interesting paws in the animal kingdom. Giant pandas have a pseudo thumb, which enhances their ability to gather and eat bamboo. No other species of bear has this distinctive trait.

This is the sixth giant panda born at the San Diego Zoo, the most born at a breeding facility outside of China. All six giant panda births have been to mother Bai Yun. The previous cub born at the San Diego Zoo was a male named Yun Zi. Born on Aug. 5, 2009, his name means "son of cloud."

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