WAP2000122504 - DECEMBER 2000 - WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The National ZooÃ•s female giant panda, Mei Xiang, arrived on December 6, 2000, in Washington D.C. from the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, china. She is resting in her enclosure at the Zoo. rlw/National Zoo/Jessie Cohen UPI. | License Photo
"I wasn't this prepared for having my own kids," senior curator Brandie Smith told The Washington Post.
Smith and her team have an incubator set up and have developed a panda baby formula the consistency of buttermilk -- stirred, not blended.
Mei was artificially inseminated in January and recently built herself a nest of bamboo and mulberry branches. If Mei is indeed pregnant, the cub could be born within a few weeks, the Post said Saturday.