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Bearway to Heaven

Tai Shan

The Sunday death of the National Zoo's 6-day-old cub underlined the long odds facing giant pandas. Here's a look at the grim stats for baby pandas, in D.C. and elsewhere:

75: The percentage of panda cubs born in the United States that live past their first year, according to USA TODAY.

7: Days that keepers have to monitor a panda mother and cub to keep the mother from crushing her child.

7: Years since the National Zoo's Mei Xiang last gave birth, in 2005.

2: National Zoo panda cubs that have died from pneumonia.

1: National Zoo panda cubs that have been stillborn.

1: National Zoo panda cubs that have died from a lack of oxygen.

1: National Zoo panda cubs that have died from infections.

100: How many days that have to pass after a cub's birth before it gets a name, according to Chinese tradition.

Photo by the National Zoo via a Creative Commons license.

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  • Rebecca

    Very interesting statistics, but tragic. Poor little buggers seem to have everything against them.

  • noodlez

    WASTE OF MONEY AND RESOURCES FOR SOMETHING THAT DON'T EVEN BELONG TO THIS CITY OR COUNTRY.

    THAT MONEY COULD BE USED TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, ART SUPPLIES AND FOOTBALL EQUIPMENT FOR OUR YOUNG FOLK.

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