Giant panda at Washington zoo could give birth soon

Handout photograph shows an ultrasound image of Smithsonian National Zoo giant panda Mei Xiang.The National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang, who was showing signs of being pregnant, is actually carrying a developing fetus and could give birth in coming weeks, the Washington zoo said on Wednesday. Veterinarians detected a 1.6-inch (4-cm) fetus during a Wednesday ultrasound of Mei Xiang, who is a star tourist draw in the U.S. capital, the zoo said in a statement. "Today, we are cautiously optimistic," said Dennis Kelly, the zoo's director.

August 19, 2015 10:53 pm

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