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International News Archive - July 12, 2012

Japan’s First Panda Born In 24 Years Dies One Week After Birth

Less than a week after Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo recorded its first panda birth in 24 years, an event that was greeted with widespread excitement, researchers’ high spirits were crushed when they failed to resuscitate the baby male panda after one zoo keeper found the creature lying motionless on his mother’s chest.

Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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