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Watch: Giant Panda Gives Birth at San Diego Zoo


Bai Yun, a Giant Panda at the San Diego Zoo, gave birth early yesterday morning, the zoo's blog reports:

"She had appeared more restless than usual in the last 24 hours, resting for shorter periods with intermittent nest building through the day and night. At about 2:45 this morning, she was observed leaning back and holding her feet. Regular changes of position become common at this stage of labor, and contractions were evident as the time went by. Bai Yun handled it all well, and staff agreed that this seemed like one of her easiest labors. At 4:58 a.m., Bai Yun stood up and had a series of contractions while on all fours. With the last one, we suddenly heard the loud squawking we had all been anticipating. As Bai Yun turned around to gather up the cub, we all got a glimpse at a wriggling infant on the floor, crying loudly for attention. Bai Yun immediately attended to her newest offspring and spent the next half hour or so soothing it, cradling it in her arms and licking it."

Writes the L.A. Times: "Pandas' reproductive systems are still largely a mystery to researchers, so even zoo staff, who'd been monitoring Bai Yun extremely closely, didn't know when she would give birth."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. You'd think her husband would have the decency to be there with her. The poster, Bill, is right about those haterosexuals. Irresponsible! Gay men would be there for each other.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 6, 2009 11:00:57 AM

  2. Derrick, her husband was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 6, 2009 11:33:42 AM

  3. Adorable.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 6, 2009 11:42:09 AM

  4. Made my day!

    Posted by: Disgusted With The Lies! | Aug 6, 2009 11:47:35 AM


    "....her husband was hiking the Appalachian Trail."

    ...with another male (on the "down low" no doubt). Females surely see a hard time in this misogynistic world. Well, atleast she has her new baby to keep her happy...till they sell the little one to another zoo.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 6, 2009 12:18:42 PM

  6. Deadbeat pandas who abandon their little pandas makes me a s-a-a-a-ad panda!

    (South Park reference)

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Aug 6, 2009 1:32:16 PM

  7. I heart panda babies!

    *panda dance*

    I get the sarcasm, really, but male pandas play no actual role (beyond insemination) in the birth or raising of offspring. In fact, the female generally doesn't want a lot of companionship while she's pregnant.

    Posted by: Jerry | Aug 6, 2009 2:05:23 PM

  8. Where is Ron Burgundy?

    Posted by: Giff | Aug 6, 2009 2:48:19 PM

  9. " no actual role (beyond insemination) in the birth or raising of offspring."

    OK, JERRY, now let's get back to talking about Pandas, not the behavior of American professional athletes.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 6, 2009 3:25:13 PM

  10. Every time one is born and I see the video, it scares me. The Panda's are so big and the babies so tiny, one wrong move and......

    Another video from the San Diego Zoo can be seen on YouTube @

    You can also watch the Panda Video Cam LIVE from the zoo @ as Bai Yun doddles over her youngun.

    The father plays no part in the Panda's birth...he only inseminates the mother. After that, he is done until it is time to do it again next year.

    Posted by: CB | Aug 6, 2009 4:48:38 PM

  11. God, gays are so ignorant. Anything and everything has to be about men. It's too sad that you can't see the beauty of female power here. All you see is an opportunity to insult heteros and to say how much better men are? No wonder you jerks aren't allowed to marry.

    Posted by: L | Aug 6, 2009 6:43:16 PM

  12. L I assume you're a woman because you talk about female power. You rant against gays because it's all about men for them, and you go on being so predictably ignorant when talking about female empowerment in something like Nature. There's plenty of cases in nature in which the male looks after the newborns or even the eggs (e.g. penguins). Some people here were just being lighhearted, but I suppose you don't understand that. I guess you also let you armpit hair grow and don't shave your legs as a demonstration of your female power. As for women and make up, they're all submitting to male power, right? I happen to be gay, don't always like towleroad for its content and to be honest don't quite understand it's editorial choices, but then we all have the chance of not reading it. I don't think everything is about men, but then not everything is about female power either. Most of my friends are actually heterosexual, I happen to love and have a lot of respect for women and am very appreciative of female accomplishments, but at the end of the days we're all human beings, all with flaws. As for Bai Yun she cold have eaten her baby or ignored like a lot of female lions and tigers in captivity do and then you woldn't be tlking about female power. And finally, I am married to my partner of ten years, whether you like it or not. What about you? Any prospective husband or you think you can dispense of men at all with your female power?

    Posted by: Lukas | Aug 7, 2009 3:43:04 AM

  13. yeah L what a kill joy! Pandas have such a fragile reproductive cycle anyway in captivity it is even more difficult. Frequently the males will not mate and the females will not care for the babies. Females have only three days a year in which they can conceive.

    Bai Yun has amazing mothering instincts and it is no small thing that she has managed this many successful births in captivity. I lived in san diego for her first and got to see Hua mei. (who has since had 3 sets of twins since returning to china) Excellent!

    Posted by: cmh | Aug 7, 2009 8:34:47 AM

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