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Diaries of Baby No. 2: Baby’s Heartbeat Stabilizes and “Black Circles” Start to Show

Keepers at Taipei Zoo have been monitoring the physiological data of the baby Giant Panda ever since she was born. The baby’s heart rate on June 28th (one day old) was 123 bpm and the measurement today (twelve days old) was XX bpm. Baby animals usually have a faster heart rate that gradually slows down as they grow older. Right now, the heart rate of the baby Giant Panda can be considered normal and stable!

Like her elder sister “Yuan Zai,” the heart beat sensor for the baby Giant Panda is placed in a rather unexpected place – on her tail. The heart beat is measured through pulses in blood flow. Unlike her elder sister “Yuan Zai” whose heart rate was 196 bpm when it was first measured on day seven, her little sister’s heart rate averaged 175 bpm on the same day and seemed relatively more stable. The baby is showing signs of developing “black circles” around her eyes and she has been sleeping quite soundly after each nursing session.

The keepers at Taipei Zoo measure the baby’s physiological data and heart rate every one to two hours. The exhaustive measurements keep constant track of the baby’s physical condition and development. The stability of the baby’s heart rate and other physiological data along with her cute bottom in the air sleeping position is truly a touching sight.

Comparison of elder sister “Yuan Zai” and her little sister's heart rates (Unit: beats per minute)
  Yuan Zai (elder sister) Yuan Yuan (2nd baby)
Time of first heart rate measurement 7 days old (July 13, 2013) 1 day old (June 29, 2020)
First measured heart rate 196 175 (average)
Heart rate at 7 days 196 123
Heart rate at 8 days (average) 188 180
Heart rate at 9 days (average) 196 182
Heart rate at 10 days (average) 178  
Heart rate at 11 days (average) 193  
Heart rate at 12 days (average) 186