A Star Is Born


July 29, 2012: The San Diego Zoo's eagerly anticipated black-and-white bundle was born weighing just 1.5 pounds. His first exam lasts a mere 3 minutes -- just enough time to listen to the cub's heart and lungs. For now, it's still too early to determine gender.

By the time the cub is one month old, he weighs 2.2 pounds at his second exam (pictured). The newbie's eyes won't open to take in the big world until at least 40 days. But check out the paws. Giant pandas have a "pseudo thumb" which boosts their dexterity in gathering and eating bamboo. No other bear can make that claim.