Let's Play Catch

Dec. 18, 2012: Now 20 weeks old and 14.5 pounds, precocious Xiao Liwu has no intention of letting go of this ball, eventually trying to crawl on it and causing it to pop out of his arms. Luckily for zoo staff, this helps them do the weekly exam more easily.

He's not quite ready for zoo primetime, though. According to Senior veterinarian Beth Bicknese, DVM, "He needs two things to go on exhibit: the ability to climb -- and he's not quite there yet -- and he also has to have the behavior of following his mom out and back into the den. We're waiting for him to be stronger in climbing and waiting for him to be better at following, and then we're going to have him out on exhibit."