by Stephen Pimpo Jr./ABC7
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — D.C. could be getting a new baby panda!
The Smithsonian's National Zoo announced Sunday that they are closing the Giant Panda Habitat to keep things quite around the den of panda Mei Xiang, who they say could be pregnant.
Zoo officials say Mei Xiang is showing symptoms of both a pregnancy and pseudo (false) pregnancy. They include a hormone rise, building a nest, a drop in appetite and an increase in sleep.
🐼 Beginning today, 6/24, the Giant Panda Habitat will be closed to keep a quiet around female 🐼 Mei Xiang’s den. No pregnancy confirmed. She’s exhibiting normal behaviors after the secondary hormone rise—in line w/ both a pregnancy & pseudo pregnancy. https://t.co/EBNCtw7ZT5— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) June 24, 2018
"Pandas, like several other species, can undergo pseudopregnancies, where they do everything they would if they were pregnant," the zoo said in a statement. "At the end of a pseudopregnancy, however, hormone levels return to baseline and females’ energy levels and behavior return to normal."
Zoo goers can still see pandas Bei Bei and Tian Tian in their outdoor habitats.