NYDN : A giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo was in perfect health on Sunday — one day after its sibling was stillborn, officials said. The 4.8-ounce panda, born Friday afternoon, squealed as a zookeeper pried it from the mother, Mei Xiang, so staff members could check the cub’s vitals Sunday morning, officials said.
The mother wouldn’t let staff members close to the living cub for two days, until panda keeper Marty Dearie managed to pull the tiny creature from her paws, officials said. During the quick check-up, the mother became agitated and began growling as she paced back and forth in her den. But the mother quickly calmed once workers reunited her with the cub, which she began to cradle once it was placed back in her arms.
Great story. Compelling, and rich. Somewhere, Ron Burgundy and the channel 4 news team is smiling.
Kudos to Marty Dearie for having the stones to get in a cage with a postnatal panda. Listen, I know a ton about animals. That includes knowing that pandas have the most vicious tendencies per adorable tendencies in the animal kingdom. For every ounce of cute, it is matched with an ounce of demonic ferocity. Two face city. Just happy to know everyone came out unharmed including the panda cub, that jovial/satanic fuck.