A giant panda cub Bei Bei
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
One of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is the main attraction, a giant panda cub Bei Bei – is recovering nicely after an emergency surgery on Friday to remove a piece of bamboo lodged in the intestine, the zoo said.
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The 1-year-old panda cub is currently in recovery, taking antacids and antibiotics through sweet potatoes) and is “bright, alert and responsive,” the Washington Post reported.
Bei Bei had an operation to remove a giant piece of bamboo that was fixed to the top of the animal in the small intestine. The panda is “successfully breastfeeding” and the eating of apples and softens the cookies.
“In this period of recovery, nursing provides some extra comfort,” the zoo said. Bei Bei does not require much milk, getting most of his nutrients from solid food.
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The Smithsonian said earlier that “life-saving” surgery was performed Friday after an ultrasound showed a blockage at the top of the small intestine. Zoo officials had noticed that the panda showed signs of stomach discomfort and nausea (vomited twice) on Thursday and it was a lot more than normal and not eating.
The zoo’s panda enclosure is currently closed so that Bei Bei and his mother, Mei Xiang, “quiet during the treatment and recovery,” zoo officials have said.
While Bei Bei is in recovery, there is a food that he will not be able to enjoy in: bamboo.
The Associated Press contributed to this report