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National Zoo Reveals Baby Panda's Gender and Father

September 5, 2013
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The Smithsonian's National Zoo announces its new baby panda is a girl, and the father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian. Mother panda, Mei Xiang, gave birth a few weeks ago, but it takes time to determine the gender. The mother was artificially inseminated by sperm from two pandas, and as Gillian Pensavalle (@GillianWithaG) reports, this may be the cutest paternity test ever.

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National Zoo: Newborn Panda Healthy and Vibrant

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