Pandas, once considered endangered, are still regarded as vulnerable. As few as 1,864 live in their native habitat in China, the zoo said. Mei Xiang has apparently done her part to ensure the diversity of nature and the survival of her species. The zoo said she has given birth to four cubs that survived to adulthood.
Not only that, but the birth in 2020 of the zoo’s current cub, Xiao Qi Ji, was regarded as miraculous, based on Mei Xiang’s age.
She was 22, panda reproduction is difficult, and the zoo called her the oldest panda to give birth in this country and probably the second-oldest in the world.
So, while we all might have longed for an ice cake on Friday, probably few of us begrudge Mei Xiang hers. Especially since ingredients apparently included leaf-eater biscuits.