Panda Cub Aces Veterinary Exam

Veterinarians said the cub has a healthy, full belly and his first tooth has come in

By Monica Garske
|  Friday, Nov 2, 2012  |  Updated 3:05 PM PDT
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The panda cub’s furry belly was on full display during his 11th vet exam Thursday morning.

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The San Diego Zoo’s soon-to-be-named panda cub had his 11th veterinary exam Thursday morning and he passed it with flying colors.

The rambunctious cub had his furry belly examined, as well as his heart and lungs, San Diego Zoo officials said.

According to the San Diego Zoo’s senior veterinarian Tracy Clippinger, the little fur ball is making great, healthy progress in his growth so far,

“His body condition feels good; he’s a little above average for body condition. He has nice fat stores over his spine, and his belly is good and full,” explained Clippinger. “He’s doing great.”

In addition to a full belly and healthy body, Clippinger said she spotted the cub’s very first tooth during Thursday’s exam. It’s on the upper left side of his mouth, she said.

The cub is also pushing up on all four legs now and is beyond the crawling stage, but not quite walking yet.

The cub – born to the zoo’s famous furry momma Bai Yun on Jul. 29 – will be officially named on Nov. 13 during a special, public cub-naming ceremony at the San Diego Zoo.
 

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