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The Smithsonian's National Zoo needs your help with our cubwatch!

The whole world is excited about Mei Xiang's twin panda cubs born Aug. 22, 2015. Giant pandas give birth to twins about 50 percent of the time, though it is very difficult for a mother to take care of two cubs at once. Our panda team has stepped in to help Mei Xiang care for both her cubs. They are attempting to swap them, so they each have the opportunity to nurse and bond with Mei Xiang. Mei Xiang and whichever cub she is currently caring for are visible on the panda cams ( The cams are how the panda team monitor her and the cub she's caring for.

If you see the cub while watching the panda cam, take a screen grab and share the picture with us here. We'll be thrilled to see it!

In order to share your photos, please tag your images as Creative Commons-Noncommercial-Attribution (CC-NC-BY) so that the Smithsonian may use these images on the web, through social media, in publications, and in press releases, which will allow the media and public to use these images as well. If you post a screenshot of the panda cam, please give attribution to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo (as required by You do not need to credit the Smithsonian if you are posting an image you took during your visit to the National Zoo.

And thank you–the Smithsonian appreciates your volunteer efforts to share the wonder of these moments.

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  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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