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September 4, 2009

San Diego Zoo panda cub has first exam

The veterinarian for the San Diego Zoo conducted his first examination of the panda cub born last month and has discovered it's a boy, zoo officials say.

The 2.8-pound cub hasn't opened his eyes yet, but veterinarian Geoff Pye says he's in good condition, very roly poly, the San Diego Union Tribune reported Friday.

Zoo officials say the exam lasted only about five minutes and the cub remained quiet.

His mother, 18-year-old Bai Yun, gave birth to cubs in 2003, 2005 and 2007. He is the second male she has delivered.

The zoo will observe Chinese tradition and not name the new cub until he's at least 100 days old.