The National Zoo in Washington is announcing Saturday night that its female giant panda has successfully given birth to a cub.
17-year-old Mei Xian delivered the cub at 5:35 p.m, and if it survives, it would be the panda’s third offspring.
Her first cub, Tai Shan, was born in 2005, with her second, Bao Bao, turning two years old on Sunday.
Zookeepers at the zoo, while excited, say they will be keeping extra care of the panda, saying some of Mei Xian’s cubs haven’t survived in the past, citing a stillborn cub in 2013. Also in 2012, her baby cub died after just six days due to lungs that hadn’t fully developed.
The zoo isn’t releasing whether or not the new cub is male or female.
Zoo officials say any up to date news on the cub will be tweeted with the hashtag #PandaStory.
— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) August 22, 2015