Panda cub getting checkup is most adorable thing ever

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Panda Cub Getting Checkup Is Most Adorable Thing Ever


Bei Bei, the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, went in for a checkup recently.

Veterinarians first measured the strength of the young panda's hind legs. He's not ready to walk yet, but he does respond to a pinch -- and lets out an adorable yelp -- as the doctor makes sure he can feel. A second pinch only produces a slight croak. He's used to it by now.

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Panda cub getting checkup is most adorable thing ever

Mei Xiang in her den with her cub on Sept. 21, 2015. (Photo via Smithsonian's National Zoo)

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: In this handout provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the second of two newborn Giant Pandas born August 22 is cared for by members of the panda team at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute August 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The team is swapping each cub with the mother Mei Xiang, allowing each to nurse, while the other is bottle-fed and kept warm in an incubator. (Photo by Smithsonian's National Zoo via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: In this handout provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the second of two newborn Giant Pandas born August 22 is cared for by members of the panda team at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute August 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The team is swapping each cub with the mother Mei Xiang, allowing each to nurse, while the other is bottle-fed and kept warm in an incubator. (Photo by Smithsonian's National Zoo via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: In this handout provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the second of two newborn Giant Pandas born August 22 is cared for by members of the panda team at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute August 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The team is swapping each cub with the mother Mei Xiang, allowing each to nurse, while the other is bottle-fed and kept warm in an incubator. (Photo by Smithsonian's National Zoo via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 24: In this handout provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo, one of two newborn Giant Pandas born August 22 is cared for by a member of the panda team at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute August 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The team is swapping each cub with the mother Mei Xiang, allowing each to nurse, while the other is bottle-fed and kept warm in an incubator. (Photo by Smithsonian's National Zoo via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: In this handout provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the second of two newborn Giant Pandas born August 22 is cared for by members of the panda team at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute August 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The team is swapping each cub with the mother Mei Xiang, allowing each to nurse, while the other is bottle-fed and kept warm in an incubator. (Photo by Smithsonian's National Zoo via Getty Images)

Mei Xiang left her den Saturday, Sept. 5, around 3:10 p.m. to eat and drink. She ate more bamboo than she has in previous excursions since giving birth. Keepers expect Mei Xiang to gradually spend more time away from the den eating and drinking as the cub grows. While Mei Xiang was eating, veterinarians and keepers took the opportunity to give the cub another quick checkup. He weighed 409.6 grams, which was 119 grams more than he weighed on Sept. 2. His 297 percent weight gain is normal for a cub his age. Cubs at this stage usually gain between 40 and 50 grams per day. Veterinarians also listened to his heart and lungs, which all sounded normal. His eyes are still closed, which is normal. Cubs’ eyes generally open when they are 6 to 8 weeks old. He also had a full belly at the time of the exam and appeared to be healthy. (Photo via Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Mei Xiang and her cub on Sept. 3. (Photo via Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Mei Xiang sleeping in her den with her cub Sept. 18, 2015. (Photo via Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Mei Xiang left the den around 9 a.m., about 30 minutes after keepers replenished food in her enclosure on Sept. 12. She spent 15 minutes away from the cub, during which time he could be seen on the panda cam scooting around in circles. Keepers noted that the shape of his back saddle, the black marking on a panda’s back, resembles Tian Tian’s, his father. (Photo via Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Keepers weighed the giant panda cub Sept. 14, when Mei Xiang left her den. He weighed 881.5 grams or 1.9 pounds. (Photo via Erika Bauer/Smithsonian's National Zoo)

At a veterinary exam Sept. 17, the cub measured 31 centimeters from his head to the tip of his tail. From his head to the base of his tail he measured 27 centimeters. His right front leg was 10 centimeters long and his right hind leg was 9 centimeters long. Veterinarians reported that he has an excellent range of motion and is able to push up onto his front legs. Keepers have seen him scooting around the den using his front legs, but he is not walking yet. (Photo via Amy Enchelmeyer/Smithosonian's National Zoo)

At a veterinary exam Sept. 17, the cub measured 31 centimeters from his head to the tip of his tail. From his head to the base of his tail he measured 27 centimeters. His right front leg was 10 centimeters long and his right hind leg was 9 centimeters long. Veterinarians reported that he has an excellent range of motion and is able to push up onto his front legs. Keepers have seen him scooting around the den using his front legs, but he is not walking yet. (Photo via Amy Enchelmeyer/Smithsonian's National Zoo)

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Next, it's time for the teeth. Vets insert a gloved-hand into Bei Bei's mouth. His molars and incisors seem to be coming along just fine. Finally, it's time to check his length. The doctors manage to log one measurement from nose to tail base. But Bei Bei -- who is "getting longer" -- scurries away as the final measurement is being taken.

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