Second Giant Panda Cub Born to Mei Xiang at National Zoo Dies




Date: September 23, 2012


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  • The National Zoo's Giant Pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian's second cub dies after only 6 1/2 days. The cub, which began to be in distress around 9:17 a.m. on September 23, 2012, was pronounced dead at 10:28 a.m. The cub had underdeveloped lungs that led to liver problems.
  • On July 9, 2005, Mei Xiang had given birth to her and Tian Tian's first cub, Tai Shan. Tai Shan returned to China on February 4, 2010, and lives at the Bifengxia Panda Base, in Ya'an, Sichuan Province, China.


  • Tian Tian
  • Mei Xiang
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.) Panda House
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


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  • The image is of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian on their first day at the National Zoo in 2000, negative #2000-11244.24a
  • Michael E. Ruane and Victor Zapana, "Giant panda cub dies at National Zoo," Washington Post, September 23, 2012,

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September 23, 2012


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  • Giant panda

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