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Panda cub born at National Zoo

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Update: A panda cub has been born at the National Zoo.

WASHINGTON D.C. (KTVI)- The National Zoo announced Friday that its female Giant Panda, Mei Xiang, appears to have gone into labor. A spokeswoman said the panda’s water broke Friday afternoon and she appeared to be having contractions.

The zoo has set up high definition panda cams to keep an eye on the animal.

Click here to watch the Panda Cams

Giant pandas are among the rarest animals in the world. They have come to symbolize endangered species and conservation efforts.

Giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are at the National Zoo under a Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement, signed in January 2011, between the Zoo and the China Wildlife Conservation Association.