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Oh, Po! This Panda Boy is Really a Girl

One of the cubs born this summer. At first, zoo officials thought he and his fraternal twin were male. Turns out, they're female. PHOTO CREDIT: Péralte Paul
One of the cubs born this summer. At first, zoo officials thought he and his fraternal twin were male. Turns out, they're female. PHOTO CREDIT: Péralte Paul
GRANT PARK — For the first few years of his liife, Po, Zoo Atlanta's cute, cuddly Giant Panda, was thought to be a boy.

Turns out, "he," who was born in 2010, is a "she."

The panda twins, Mei Lun and Mei Huan, born this past summer, were thought to be boys, too.

But they're girls, as well.

Zoo officials explained the situation at a news conference Friday.

As it happens, determining the sex of Giant Pandas is not as easy at first. It can take months for veterinarians to accurately say what they are and zoo officials said they well institute a more formal process for future births.

But girl power is a good thing for the endangered Giant Pandas, as girls provide more genetic variety for breeding in their native China.

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