“It’s a boy of 171 grams!” founder and CEO of the Belgium Zoo, Eric Domb, said during a news conference.
Immediately after the cub was born, the mother scooped it up in her mouth, cleaned the wee one and held it close to her body, according to zoo staff.
The giant panda is considered at risk of extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). As such, “the panda is a true miracle,” zoo officials said in a joint statement with the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda.
“This is only the third birth of a panda cub this year in the world,” Domb said.