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Artificial Insemination For National Zoo's Giant Panda
2013-04-01 04:43:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Veterinarians at the National Zoo in Washington DC have artificially inseminated a female panda after detecting a rise in her urinary estrogen levels over the weekend, various media outlets have reported. According to the Associated Press (AP), the procedure was performed on the zoo´s female giant panda, Mei Xiang, by a team of scientists on Saturday morning. The decision to artificially inseminate Mei Xiang was made after...

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2011-02-02 12:02:07

In a move almost guaranteed to quash romantic notions, onlookers watched intently from video monitors as two giant pandas at Washington DC's National Zoo were about to have their first date in a year. The female panda Mei Xiang and her intended partner Tian Tian, are closely monitored in the hopes that they would produce a cub come spring. "That is the beauty of the panda breeding season. Everything happens in two or three days but it is always extremely intense," said Pierre Comizzoli, a...

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2010-09-20 06:18:57

A US-born panda gave birth to her eighth cub in southwest China on Friday, a rare achievement for the endangered species that has been extremely hard to breed in captivity, Chinese media reported this weekend. The panda, named Hua Mei, was born at the San Diego Zoo in August 1999. She gained famed for being the first giant panda born in captivity to survive until adulthood in the United States. She was relocated to the Wolong preserve in Sichuan Province, China in 2004 once she reached...

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2010-04-14 07:30:59

The endangered giant panda may soon be able to add a new representative to the ranks of their species, according to officials at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna. Yang Yang and Long Hui, two A. melanoleuca representatives living in captivity at the Austrian capital's zoo, mated twice this week. Coincidentally, the zoo was also the home to the first naturally conceived panda to be born in Europe--Fu Long, which was born in August 2007. The mating season for giant pandas lasts from March through...

2009-09-05 08:56:23

A giant panda who delivered a male cub last year has given birth to a female cub at a breeding center in northwest China, officials said. Nine-year-old Zhuzhu, whose name means pearl, gave birth to her newest cub Friday at the Shaanxi Rare Wild Animals Rescue and Breeding Research Center in Xi'an, China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported Saturday. Zhuzhu was artificially inseminated, as was 6-year-old Lousheng, who gave birth three weeks ago to a male and a female cub. The recent baby...

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2009-09-04 09:27:41

The veterinarian for the San Diego Zoo conducted his first examination of the panda cub born last month and has discovered it's a boy, zoo officials say. The 2.8-pound cub hasn't opened his eyes yet, but veterinarian Geoff Pye says he's in good condition, very roly poly, the San Diego Union Tribune reported Friday. Zoo officials say the exam lasted only about five minutes and the cub remained quiet. His mother, 18-year-old Bai Yun, gave birth to cubs in 2003, 2005 and 2007. He is the second...

2009-08-22 12:45:06

A giant panda born through artificial insemination has given birth to twins after being artificially inseminated herself, officials in northwest China said. The success of Lousheng's delivery is a great step forward in our propagation technologies, said Jin Xuelin, a spokesman for the Shaanxi Rare Wild Animals Rescue and Breeding Research Center. Lousheng, age 6, gave birth Wednesday to healthy male and female cubs. She was artificially inseminated in March, but caretakers didn't learn she...

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2009-08-19 14:51:32

State media announced Wednesday that a giant panda in northern China has given birth to twins, which is good news for the endangered species. The official Xinhua news agency reported that six-year-old Lousheng delivered a male and female cub in Shaanxi province on Tuesday after being artificially inseminated, which is the same way she was born. According to the report, The Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Research Center is now home to 20 pandas. The report quoted Ma Qingyi, head...

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2009-08-07 07:55:00

Famous San Diego Zoo panda Bai Yun had her fifth cub following a 130-day pregnancy that zookeepers said ended with an easy delivery.The cub became just the 14th panda born in the US, including five that live in San Diego. Prior to the birth, the mother bathed herself, moved onto her back and grabbed her hind legs."We saw a contraction and then about five seconds later, we just heard a wailing cry of the cub. ... It was a very vocal cub, it was like whoa. ... It's got a really good set of...

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2009-07-24 13:05:00

Chinese officials announced on Friday the first successful birth of a panda cub from artificial insemination using frozen sperm, The Associated Press reported. Experts say the birth may provide a new option for the endangered species, which is known to have fertility difficulties. The Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in southwestern Sichuan celebrated the birth of 11-year-old You You's (pronounced Yo Yo) third cub on Thursday morning. The new offspring is the 10th panda cub born at Wolong...