- Associated Press - Thursday, August 18, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta officials believe the giant panda Lun Lun is pregnant.

The zoo said Thursday that veterinarians found an image of a fetus while performing an ultrasound Tuesday. The zoo expects Lun Lun to give birth in three weeks, but says there is a possibility the panda could miscarry.

Next week, animal management and veterinary teams will begin 24-hour monitoring of Lun Lun as she nests in her off-exhibit den.

Officials say giant pandas represent Zoo Atlanta’s most significant financial investment.

Lun Lun’s three cubs, Mei Lan, Xi Lan and Po, reside at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. Her fourth and fifth, Mei Lun and Mei Huan, are based at Zoo Atlanta and are the only twin giant pandas in the United States.

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