Panda cub gets meds in sweet potato after tummy surgery
Posted 12:47 p.m. Monday
Updated 12:49 p.m. Monday
WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian National Zoo's giant panda cub Bei Bei is getting antibiotics and antacids via sweet potatoes after surgery to remove bamboo stuck in his intestine.
The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/2gyO2h7 ) reports the zoo says the panda cub is "bright, alert and responsive" following Friday's surgery. The paper reported Monday that the 1-year-old Bei Bei is "successfully nursing" and eating apples and softened biscuits. Not in his diet for now: bamboo.
The Smithsonian said previously that "life-saving" surgery was performed Friday after an ultrasound revealed a blockage at the top of the small intestine. Zoo officials had noticed the panda showed signs of stomach discomfort and nausea on Thursday and was sleeping more than normal and not eating.