National Zoo says Panda Mei Xiang has given birth

(The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Washington’s National Zoo says its female giant panda has given birth to a cub.

The zoo says Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) gave birth to the cub Saturday at 5:34 p.m. If the cub survives, it would be the 17-year-old panda’s third surviving offspring.

Mei Xiang’s first cub, Tai Shan, was born in 2005. Her second cub, Bao Bao, turns 2-years-old on Sunday.

She also gave birth to a stillborn cub in 2013. And in 2012, Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub that died after just six days. Its lungs hadn’t fully developed.

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