December 1, 2013 The cub is 100 days old today, which is when pandas are traditionally given a name. The name Bao Bao, which means precious or treasure, was chosen by the masses, who picked between five names.
November 14, 2013 NPR ran five stores on the giant pandas in Washington's National Zoo during its coverage of last month's government shutdown. It then ran a sixth story on them last week. What gives? Does anyone in the rest of the country really care about the capital's pandas? An NPR editor responds.
November 6, 2013 The Smithsonian's National Zoo has proposed five possible names for the female cub born this summer. Voting is already underway.
September 5, 2013 It's taken about two weeks for tests to confirm the cub's gender. She was born Aug. 23 had is said to have a healthy, "fat little belly." As for her name, that won't be chosen until around Thanksgiving.
August 25, 2013 Keepers at the Smithsonian National Zoo, who were elated to report Friday that giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub, added a sad note Saturday with the news of a second cub, which was stillborn.
August 8, 2013 Four-year-old Damai is "being a great mom, and is nursing and grooming both cubs," zoo officials say. There was no immediate word on the sex of the cubs.
September 24, 2012 Less than a week old, the cub died on Sunday at Washington's National Zoo. Preliminary examinations indicate that some of its liver had hardened and that it had a build-up of fluid in the abdomen. Also, officials believe it was likely a female.
September 23, 2012 Sounds of distress from the cub's mother, Mei Xiang, alerted panda-keepers, but it was too late. The cause of death is not yet known.
September 18, 2012 When "butter stick" was born in 2005, NPR's Kitty Eisele was among the many who were mesmerized as the National Zoo's panda cam showed his progress. This week, another cub's been born. So panda fans such as Kitty are back at their computers to watch.