Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

September 17, 2012

Cub born to giant panda at National Zoo

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Zoo officials said this cub's cries sound strong, however. They plan to name it Dec. 24.

For now, however, there's a glow of amazement after "hoping and hoping and hoping for all these years," said Marty Dearie, another zoo panda keeper. There are only a few hundred pandas in captivity and about 1,600 left in the wild.

"We're excited and in disbelief all at the same time," Dearie said.

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Online:

The zoo's online panda camera: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/default.cfm?cam=LP2

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