A Big Year for Baby Pandas

It's possible three baby giant pandas will be born in the United States this year. The cub born at Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo is doing well, and pandas appear to be pregnant in Atlanta and San Diego. Three births in captivity in one year would be unprecedented. Scott Simon takes note.

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For giant pandas in American zoos, these are fecund times. Can we say that on the radio? Earlier this month, a baby panda was born at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Reports say the young cub is doing well, developing those heartbreaker dark circles around its eyes. Aw. Now zookeepers in San Diego and Atlanta report they think pandas in their zoos may be pregnant. It would be unprecedented for three pandas to be born in the US in the same year. Mortality rates for pandas born in captivity have always been high, but scientific advances may be improving their chances for survival. Lisa M. Steven of the National Zoo told The Washington Post, `It's fantastic to think we've gone in a decade from having no births to potentially having births in three different institutions.' And, of course, it's great news for Baby Panda Gap.

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