Zoo Staffers Gave Panda Pro-Pregnancy Pep Talks

Panda Mei Xiang hadn't given birth in seven years. After five attempts of trying to help her get pregnant, workers at the National Zoo were worried. So they started talking to her. One panda keeper told Mei Xiang, "I know you can do this." It worked — she gave birth Sunday night.

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with a story of positive reinforcement. The panda Mei Xiang hadn't given birth in seven years. After five attempts at trying to help her get pregnant, zookeepers were worried. So each of the national zoo's panda keepers gave her a pro-pregnancy pep talk. One told her, quote, "I know you can do this." Not that they're taking credit, but Mei Xiang is again a new mother. And though fragile, the tiny baby panda can be heard squealing loudly. It's MORNING EDITION.

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