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It’s a girl! San Diego’s panda cub is a she

Zoo veterinarians said they determined the 6-week-old panda's sex after conducting a recent exam.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The San Diego Zoo's newest panda cub is a girl.

Zoo veterinarians said they determined the 6-week-old panda's sex after conducting a recent exam.

"She is developing right along schedule," zoo spokeswoman Meg Sutherland-Smith said.

The cub is the fourth giant panda born at the zoo, all of them to 16-year-old Bai Yun. The father, Gao Gao, also fathered her two previous cubs.

Following Chinese tradition, the panda cub will receive a name after she is 100 days old.

Only about 1,600 giant pandas remain in the wild, and fewer than 180 live in captivity.