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Published on Sep 21, 2007
When San Diego Zoo keepers gathered the 7-week-old giant panda cub for her weekly veterinary exam, the cub was sporting a milk mustache, evidence she is getting the proper nutrition to grow strong.
Weighing in at 5.4 pounds, a gain of more than one pound since one week ago, also indicates her growth is on track. The cub's left eye slit is now opening and the right eye is expected to begin opening over the course of this week.
"Once her eyes open shell have better perception of her environment," said Meg Sutherland-Smith, DVM, San Diego Zoo veterinarian. "This is the stage we will begin to see locomotion developing as her eyesight develops. She will become more animated."
Following Chinese tradition, the born cub, born Aug. 3 at the San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda Research Station, will receive a name after she is 100 days old. Bai Yun and the cub can be seen 24 hours a day through the Zoo's Panda Cam at www.sandiegozoo.org.