San Diego Zoo Panda Cub Health Above Average

Posted: Nov. 6th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
San Diego Zoo panda cub
Tammy Spratt

Not only is getting pandas to breed in captivity a challenging task, but ensuring that the cubs that are born stay healthy is of vital importance to those looking to help the waning worldwide panda numbers. Luckily, vets and staff at the world-famous zoo in San Diego are keeping the latest addition to their family healthy, happy and with a full belly.

The San Diego Zoo’s soon-to-be-named panda cub had his 11th veterinary exam Thursday morning and he passed it with flying colors.

The rambunctious cub had his furry belly examined, as well as his heart and lungs, San Diego Zoo officials said.

According to the San Diego Zoo’s senior veterinarian Tracy Clippinger, the little fur ball is making great, healthy progress in his growth so far,

“His body condition feels good; he’s a little above average for body condition. He has nice fat stores over his spine, and his belly is good and full,” explained Clippinger. “He’s doing great.”


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