Baby Panda at National Zoo Growing Steadily

Baby giant panda

Zookeepers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo weigh the baby giant panda on September 14.  (Erika Bauer/Smithsonian’s National Zoo via AP)

The tiny baby panda born at the National Zoo on August 22 is starting to look like his dad Tian Tian. At four weeks old, the baby now weighs two pounds and has developed markings in a similar pattern to those of his father.

The little tyke still sleeps most of the day, which is normal for a panda of this age. In the next few weeks, he will start to open his eyes.

Watch a video of the baby’s veterinary exam here:

You can follow the progress of the baby giant panda at the National Zoo’s website or with the hashtag #PandaStory on social media.

Learn more about pandas at our giant panda facts page.

Free Museum Admission


Smithsonian magazine is holding a free museum day on Saturday, September 26. Museums all over the country will have free admission on that day. All you need to do is print out a pass from Smithsonian magazine and bring it with you to a participating museum.

This a great opportunity to spend a hot summer day learning something new.

Visit the Smithsonian magazine website for a list of participating museums and to print out a free admission ticket.