Giant Panda Mei Xiang's Second Cub Is Stillborn




Date: August 24, 2013


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After successfully giving birth to a Giant Panda Cub on Friday, August 23, 2013, Mei Xiang gives birth to a second cub at 7:29 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013. Keepers at the National Zoo examined the cub as soon as possible and soon realized the cub was stillborn. Not realizing that Mei Xiang had given birth to a second cub, keepers initially feared that this was the first cub. However, after a few minutes, they heard the cries of the cub born on the day before that she had tucked safely under her arm.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Image is of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian shortly after their arrival at the National Zoo in 2000. Negative #2000-12244.37.a.
  • Michael E. Ruane, "At National Zoo, 'five minutes of pure terror' over panda cub," Washington Post, August 25, 2013,

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August 24, 2013


  • Animals
  • Deaths
  • Births
  • Giant panda

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