Our little girl's all grown up!
Hua Mei just gave birth to twins! One male is being kept in an incubator; we don't yet know the sex of the other, because it is remaining with its mother. In the wild, when a panda gives birth to twins, one usually dies, but in captivity, all efforts are tried to keep the second cub alive, as in this case with the incubator.
It doesn't seem that long ago, but it was actually all the way back to 1999, that Hua Mei herself was born in San Diego.
The Seattle Games Night crowd celebrated her 1-year birthday with a cake, though it proved impossible to get a bamboo cake locally.
Then it was time for Hua Mei to go home to marry.
Then she was watching panda porn.
Then she gave birth last year, and now again this year.