File - Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast.
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Panda mom Mei Xiang gave birth to the first cub at 5:35 p.m. and a second at 10:07 p.m., the zoo said.Mei Xiang's first cub, Tai Shan, was born in 2005 and returned to China in 2010 . Her second cub, Bao Bao, turns 2 years old Sunday and still lives at the zoo.In addition to Bao Bao, Mei Xiang and the new cubs, the zoo is also home to an adult male panda named Tian Tian. In the past, the zoo has never had more than three pandas at one time.The zoo said it could not confirm whether the cub that was removed was the first or second born.Even if the new cubs are physically fit, panda fans shouldn't expect to see them in person for a while.The public also won't learn immediately whether the cubs are male or female or whether the zoo's male panda, Tian Tian, is the cub's father.The pandas belong to China as do any cubs they have.
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