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Bao Bao, a 4 1/2 month old giant panda cub weighing in at just under 17 pounds, explores near her mother, Mei Xiang, who feasts on bamboo in the giant panda indoor habitat at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C., Monday, January 6, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Members of the media crowd around to see Bao Bao, a 4 1/2 month old giant panda cub weighing in at just under 17 pounds, as she explores the giant panda indoor habitat near her mother Mei Xiang, right, at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C., Monday, January 6, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Mei Xiang, the mother of Bao Bao, a 4 1/2 month old giant panda cub weighing in at just under 17 pounds, looks for more bamboo from zoo keepers at the giant panda indoor habitat at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C., Monday, January 6, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Members of the media crowd around to see Bao Bao, a 4 1/2 month old giant panda cub weighing in at just under 17 pounds, as she explores the giant panda indoor habitat near her mother Mei Xiang, right, at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C., Monday, January 6, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Bao Bao, a 4 1/2 month old giant panda cub weighing in at just under 17 pounds, explores near her mother, Mei Xiang, as she explores the giant panda indoor habitat at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C., Monday, January 6, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Bao Bao, a 4 1/2 month old giant panda cub weighing in at just under 17 pounds, sits near her mother, Mei Xiang, as she explores the giant panda indoor habitat at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C., Monday, January 6, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Bao Bao, a 4 1/2 month old giant panda cub weighing in at just under 17 pounds, looks at her mother, Mei Xiang, as she explores the giant panda indoor habitat at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C., Monday, January 6, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Mei Xiang, like the pandas at other zoos in the United States, is always a popular attraction and interest has risen since she gave birth at the National Zoo to a cub Aug. 23. Zookeepers have yet to have a second look at the cub since its initial physical. (Associated Press)

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Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Friday afternoon. (Smithsonian National Zoo)

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Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Friday afternoon. (Smithsonian National Zoo)

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An ultrasound will determine if Mei Xiang, the 250-pound female giant panda at the National Zoo, is indeed pregnant as suspected. She was artificially inseminated twice March 30 after natural breeding attempts with the zoo's male panda, Tian Tian, were unsuccessful. (The Washington Times)

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Giant panda Mei Xiang eats a frozen fruit treat in her area at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2012, prior to a press conference regarding the cause of the recent death of the panda's newborn cub. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Giant panda Mei Xiang relaxes in the sun in her area at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2012, prior to a press conference regarding the cause of the recent death of the panda's newborn cub. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)