National Zoo Panda Gives Birth to Stillborn 2nd Cub

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A day after a jubilant first delivery, giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a second cub Saturday night, but it was stillborn.

Washington’s celebrity panda gave birth to the first cub Friday, to the excitement of hordes of fans watching it on public panda cams.

The cub, about the size of a butter stick, appeared to be doing well. So was mom, who was cradling it in her den at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

After the delivery, zoo officials said there was a 50% chance of a twin being born by Saturday.

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