Thanks to the support of Earthcam, we are now able to watch the Zoo Atlanta Cam's 24 hours a day to keep up with Lun's pregnancy. The zoo's panda cam usually runs a limited number of hours during the day.
Take care dear Lun, we are all cheering you on.
Here are the lasts few updates that have been posted on their website from the staff.
Panda Updates from Zoo Atlanta
Friday July 12
Giant pandas can (and usually do) build bamboo nests during both pregnancies and pseudopregnancies. A couple of days ago (before 24-hour monitoring started), I came into work and found that Lun Lun had been very busy overnight constructing a nest out of the bamboo we had given her the previous evening. I was really impressed as this is the biggest, most complex nest I have seen her build during this pregnancy. I ended up removing the old bamboo, so that she had fresh bamboo to either eat or use to build a new nest. That day she decided that the underlying hay-bed was good enough and spent most of the day snoozing. Since then I haven't seen a nest quite as impressive, but she still shows nesting behavior every day. Seems we aren't the only ones getting ready for a cub!
Keeper I, Carnivores
Thursday, July 11
I am sleeping with my phone by my bed every night now anticipating a call that Lun Lun has gone into labor. For Mei Lan and Po, those calls came in the middle of the night. For Xi Lan, the call came in the afternoon. In each case, our indicator that labor had begun was when Lun Lun’s water broke. This is noticeable because fluid is released and Lun Lun frequently licks her anogenital area. When she went into labor with Mei Lan, there was a large pool of fluid. For the subsequent births, there was less fluid and it was harder to determine immediately if she had just urinated or her water had broken. With a little watching and waiting we were able to determine what had happened. The length of Lun Lun’s labor has decreased with each cub, which is normal. Mei Lan took a record 36 hours to arrive. Xi Lan was about nine hours, and Po was a short six hours. It will be interesting to see how long this cub takes to make its appearance. Like you, we are waiting eagerly for her or him to arrive.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals
Wednesday, July 10
Tonight we start monitoring Lun Lun 24 hours per day. I expect the first few nights will be uneventful and we will just be watching Lun Lun sleep, but it is better for us to start early than to discover she has given birth overnight when nobody was here! Panda cubs are much smaller and fragile at birth than most other mammals (panda mothers are about 900 times the size of their cubs!). So, it is important for us to closely monitor Lun Lun and the cub after she gives birth to make sure the cub stays healthy and safe. Even though Lun Lun is an expert mother now, we know from past experience that something could happen at any time, so want to be prepared for anything.
Carnivore Keeper III
Here is the video of Lun giving birth to her last cub who we now know as 'Po' back in 2010.