- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The National Zoo’s giant panda cub is growing and her eyes are almost fully open, officials said Wednesday after the most recent checkup of the two-month old cub.

The black and white ball of fluff is nearly 8 pounds and almost 2 feet long, keepers said, and her front and back paws measure 2.4 inches long and 3 inches long, respectively.

They said mother Mei Xiang has been spending more time away from the cub, and the cub is sleeping through her exams.

Zoo officials also addressed the concern from the panda camera audience that the cub’s growth and develop in moving around her enclosure could result in her head getting stuck between the cage bars.

“We measured the bars Friday morning,” zoo officials said. “Although the camera angle may be deceiving, the cub’s head is larger than the width of the bars, thus preventing her from getting stuck.”

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