During his most recent exam on October 1, veterinarians said the cub weighed 3.6 pounds and measured 14 inches from nose to tail tip. They also confirmed he is healthy and strong, and his eyes are starting to open.
The zoo said it had the cub’s father, Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN), “paint” an image to reveal the sex to the giant panda keepers and fans online.
The cub was born August 21 to 22-year old Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) by artificial insemination. It was the first time a zoo in the United States experienced a successful pregnancy and birth via artificial insemination using only frozen semen, according to the release.
This cub is Mei Xiang’s fourth surviving cub. Her other three live in China.