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The National Zoo's Baby Giant Panda Is A Girl

She's been described as healthy and active. Her mother had miscarried before, and the cub's twin didn't survive.

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The samples also confirmed that Tian Tian, the zoo's male giant panda, is her father.

It’s a girl! Zoo geneticists confirm that our giant panda cub is a girl AND her father is Tian Tian! #cubwatch

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It’s a girl! Zoo geneticists confirm that our giant panda cub is a girl AND her father is Tian Tian! #cubwatch

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Mei Xiang previously had trouble conceiving with Tian Tian. Last year, she gave birth to a cub that died at six days. The zoo decided to artificially inseminate her this year with sperm from Tian Tian and San Diego Zoo's Gao Gao.

The female cub was delivered with a stillborn fraternal twin. But the zoo has described the baby as healthy and active, having survived for at least 10 days. Giant panda cubs are named when they are 100 days old.

CORRECTION: Mei Xiang's last cub died at six days. An earlier version of this item misstated its age at death. (9/5/13)

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