Camera in the Delivery Room! DC Welcomes a New Panda Baby

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Late last night, the National Zoo's proud parents, Mei Xiang and her husband, Tian Tian, welcomed a bouncing baby panda cub into the world - about the size of a stick of butter.  And while it's impossible to see this little bundle of joy by visiting the Panda House (it's closed to give the pandas some privacy) you can see the little guy on the panda cam (and therefore invade their privacy).

Actually, it's really hard to get onto the Panda cam these days.  There is so much traffic that they even set up a second cam, and I haven't been able to get onto either one.  But it's pretty easy to watch the video of the whole birth

Yeah, they are really, really concerned about this family's privacy!  I have to wonder.  DId Mei Xiang know that her cub's delivery was being videoed and broadcast over the Internet? 

OK, Kate future queen of England.  Forget the topless photos of you on vacation with your husband.  Imagine the tabloids invading the delivery room as you give birth to the heir - or in this case, the spare!  Mei Xiang just experienced  a real invasion of privacy!


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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Pat..  I was just down in DC visiting my daughter. I knew there was going to be a new panda, but i did not realize it was happening so soon!

Sep 17, 2012 01:15 PM #1
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Janis, it's hard to believe that parents this big could have a baby so tiny!

Sep 17, 2012 01:30 PM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


So cool - they are such neat animals and always fun to watch. I saw newborns at the San Diego zoo a few years ago. It's interesting how much attention they attract all over the world.


Sep 17, 2012 01:32 PM #3
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh, Pat, what fun dishing about panda babies and Kate's vacation photos all in one blog!  I feel kinda boring, because MY vacation photos won't make nearly the splash that hers has!  (I haven't gotten to see that--boy the poor Queen has got to be miffed at all of the sexual hoopla going on in her surroundings!) I am wondering if Kate will be sent off to war now, TOO!!

Sep 17, 2012 02:50 PM #4
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Pat, Using the Mac, I am having to download a plug-in to update the Windows Media player. I will see if I can get in then. Our Pandas had a little one about a month ago. Must be something in the air or not, LOL. 

I am still laughing at Gail's comment. Kate probably doesn't do war so maybe they will send her to Kenya. 


Sep 17, 2012 03:48 PM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

The new baby panda is very good news and will attract thousands of families to the National Zoo. 

Enjoy the changing colors of the season with your camera in hand.

Sep 17, 2012 08:43 PM #6
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh cool. Pandas are so cute, esp baby Pandas.  I'm sure some picts will be on Pinterest soon.

That is really odd about the "privacy" thing.

Sep 17, 2012 08:49 PM #7
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Interesting!  I always had my camera in the delivery room too!  I think it was a Kodak Instamatic.  With the cube...

Sep 17, 2012 09:34 PM #8
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Gayle, well, Will and Kate are married, after all! And if anyone got a pic of me topless, it might have to go on the humor page. William, and if it's Kate in Kenya, the wide-angle lenses are sure to follow. And I'll have to update my plug-in, too And apparently you can't gey anywhere near the nursery. All of the adorable kids they interviewed on TV last night didn't seem too bummed about it.
Sep 18, 2012 12:06 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTORĀ®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I think the Panda is the only animal that looks the exact same as it's stuffed toy counter part...

Sep 18, 2012 02:44 AM #10
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Paul, they really are totally adorable.  I'm sure the zoo will sell out of the stuffed ones by now.

Sep 18, 2012 10:54 AM #11
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Patricia, funny you mentioned the hypothetical filming of the birth of a royal heir. In times long past, there used to be official witnesses not only to the birth but also to the event of conception! Oh my!
Sep 18, 2012 09:52 PM #12
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
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Thanks for sharing this happy event and good news.

Sep 19, 2012 04:22 PM #13
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