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Giant Panda, Baby Panda

Mei Lan's Debut
Sniff Test
Free Ride
My Pride and Joy
This is Mei Lan and mother Lun Lun from Zoo Atlanta.  Mei Lan is a male and was born 9/6/2006.
On  2/4/2010, beautiful Mei Lan was sent back to China with Tai Shan (DC born male panda).

Mei Lan was initially thought to be a female, but as the panda developed sexually, Mei Lan  proved to be a male.  This was announced on 9/22/2011,  at age 5.  Until a panda begins to develop sexually starting around age 3,  it apparently is only possible to verify its sex via DNA testing.  As part of the physicals to get Xi Lan and Po ready for return to China , all four of the sibling pandas in Atlanta were DNA tested on December 13, 2013.  At that time it was determined that Po was a female, Xi Lan was indeed a male as initially announced, and the twins who were thought to be males were really females.
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