August 25, 2013
Mei Xiang, a giant female panda, rests in 2012 at the National Zoo in Washington. Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo at 5:32 p.m. Friday. Zoo keepers heard the cub vocalize and glimpsed the cub for the first time briefly immediately after the birth. Mei Xiang picked the cub up immediately and began cradling and caring for it.