Panda has ‘lemon-sized’ bamboo mass removed from intestine

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Smithsonian's youngest giant panda cub Bei Bei makes his public debut following his birth last August at the National Zoo in Washington on January 16, 2016. Bei Bei was given his name, which means 'precious' or 'treasure', five weeks after his birth by US and Chinese First Ladies Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan. / AFP / Olivier Douliery (Photo credit should read OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian National Zoo says its giant panda cub Bei Bei is recovering following surgery to remove a “lemon-sized mass of bamboo” from his small intestine.

The Smithsonian said in a statement that the “life-saving” surgery was performed Friday.

The zoo says that the 1-year-old showed signs of stomach discomfort and nausea on Thursday. The zoo says he was sleeping more than normal and not eating. The zoo says Bei Bei was taken to the vet hospital Friday morning and an ultrasound revealed a blockage at the top of the small intestine.

The zoo says a veterinary team determined that the blockage would need to be removed surgically. The zoo says Bei Bei will be given water overnight and then transitioned to soft foods such as sweet potatoes and pears.

Google Map for coordinates 38.931927 by -77.052440.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.