Mei Xiang is born in China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan Province. Her mother was Xue Xue and her father was Lin Nan; both parents were wild pandas. Her name means “beautiful fragrance.” She has black hip-high “stockings” extending up her hind legs. Her eye patches are oval, and a pale black band runs across the bridge of her nose.
The National Zoo in Washington says Mei Xiang has had twins. Both cubs appear healthy. They are the 17-year-old panda’s third and fourth surviving offspring.