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Tai Shan Panda Cub First Time Outside
Tai Shan, the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, ventured outside for the first time on December 22, 2005 under the close eye of his mother, Mei Xiang. The five-month-old cub explored his outdoor exhibit yard, climbed on fallen trees and wrestled with his mother. (UPI Photo/Jessie Cohen/Smithsonian's National Zoo)
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Mei Xiang (Chinese 美香 "beautiful fragrance") is a female Giant Panda who lives at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. Mei Xiang gave birth to male cub Tai Shan on July 9, 2005; Tai Shan's father is Tian Tian.

Mei Xiang was born on July 22, 1998, at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan Province; she weighs about 240 pounds. Her parents are Xue Xue (mother) and Lin Nan (father). Giant pandas are thought to be solitary creatures, except for mating season and mothers with young cubs. In keeping with the habits of wild pandas, Mei is generally alone, although Mei and Tian are occasionally together outside of breeding season. Tian and Mei are trained to participate in a full medical examination, including a blood draw, without anesthesia.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Mei Xiang."
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