(WASHINGTON) — The Washington National Zoo revealed the gender of Mei Xiang’s baby panda cub on Friday, and it’s a boy.
Veterinarians at the Giant Panda Habitat performed genetic testing from swabs taken from inside the panda’s mouths.
Genetic testing also revealed the father of the baby panda. Tian Tian, a giant panda from China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong in China, sired the panda.
“I’m happy to say the results were very clear,” said Dr. Robert Fleischer, the head of the Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics who performed the genetic testing to determine the sex.
The cub was born last Saturday with a twin sibling, who died Wednesday after struggling with respiratory issues from feeding complications. Results from a necropsy performed on the deceased male cub have not been shared, but zoo veterinarian Dr. Don Neiffer believes the cub died after food material entered the respiratory system.
Giant male pandas can eventually reach a weight of 250 pounds.
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