Hua Zui Ba the Giant Panda is a superstar at Zoo Madrid: She is providing exceptional care to the cub she delivered on August 30.
The newborn male cub cried loudly as Hua Zui Ba took him onto her lap within seconds of the birth. As the emotional veterinary team looked on, Hua Zui Ba licked and protected her tiny pink cub.
Now, the cub is ready to take over the limelight. He is growing rapidly and already weighs eight pounds (3.6 kg), which is more than most Panda cubs weigh at this age.
The Zoo Madrid staff is following Chinese custom by giving the cub a name when he turns 100 days old. All are invited to vote for their favorite name here.
Giant Pandas are Endangered and are found in small forest reserves within eastern central China. International efforts, both in zoos and in the wild, have improved breeding success rates within the species, but habitat loss and poaching still threaten the survival of these beloved creatures.
See photos of the Panda cub as a newborn below the fold.