Environment & Science

1 of the twin pandas born at Washington's National Zoo has died

In this handout provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the second of two newborn Giant Pandas born Aug. 22 is cared for by members of the panda team at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Aug. 23, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
In this handout provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the second of two newborn Giant Pandas born Aug. 22 is cared for by members of the panda team at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Aug. 23, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
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"We are sad to report that the smaller of the two panda cubs has died," Washington D.C.'s National Zoo announced Wednesday, in an update on the twin giant pandas that were born Saturday.

The two cubs were born hours apart; the zoo staff had been attempting to give both of them access to their mother, Mei Xiang, but they reportedly had difficulty in switching the cubs.

Zoo tweet

"Haven't been able to swap cubs since 2p 8/24," the zoo tweeted around midday Tuesday, adding, "Mei has larger cub. Smaller cub's behaviors are good; still high-risk time."

You can follow the pandas on the zoo's Panda Cams.

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