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2009-05-28 06:10:00

A healthy panda cub was born Wednesday at a zoo in northern Thailand after the mother, an 8-year-old-female, was artificially inseminated by staff in February. Chiang Mai Zoo's director Thanapath Pongamorn said there were no signs that mom Lin Hui was pregnant.  "She's been anxious since yesterday. She did not want to get close to caretakers or any other people, but we didn't know what the problem was," Thanapath said. Thailand's famously celibate giant pandas finally produced the cub...

2008-08-13 15:00:36

Mei Xiang, a giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, won't be giving birth to a cub this year as initially thought, zoo staff say. National Zoo staff said in a news release that while the female panda's declining urinary progesterone levels this July indicated a possible pregnancy, it appears the animal lost the developing fetus or has experienced a pseudo-pregnancy. Veterinarians were unable to locate a fetus in the giant panda following those initial pregnancy...

2008-06-24 15:02:45

Scientists at the U.S. National Zoo say it might be mid- or late July before they can definitely determine if giant panda Mei Xian is pregnant. Veterinarians at the Smithsonian's zoo said last week's urinary progestin test indicates it might yet be a month before Mei Xiang gives birth to a cub or comes to the end of a false pregnancy, which is common in giant pandas. Zoo scientists artificially inseminated Mei Xiang with semen from the zoo's male giant panda Tian Tian in March and, since...

2008-06-20 15:00:21

Officials at Washington's National Zoo say there are signs that one of its beloved pandas might be pregnant. Urine tests on Mei Xiang have revealed a hormone spike that could mean she is expecting, The Washington Post said Friday. Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated this spring with semen from the zoo's male panda, Tian Tian, a procedure that produced the cub Tai Shan in 2005. But zookeepers aren't passing out cigars just yet. Pandas are notorious for pseudopregnancies, and Mei Xiang...

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2008-03-20 02:15:00

Scientists and veterinarians perform nonsurgical aritificial insemination The 2008 giant panda mating season began Tuesday, March 18, at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Female Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) and male Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN) attempted to mate throughout the day Tuesday. Zoo staff carefully observed each mating and, because satisfactory mating did not occur, Zoo scientists and veterinarians performed a nonsurgical artificial insemination Wednesday morning. Both pandas were...

2007-11-06 09:07:06

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A male panda born four years ago at the San Diego Zoo left for China on Monday to join that country's breeding program. Mei Sheng, which translates as "Born in the USA," was sent to the Wolong Nature Reserve for Giant Pandas as part of a loan agreement requiring all pandas born outside China to be returned there after the animals mature, zoo officials said. "Mei Sheng will be missed ... but his role in the conservation of his species involves a move to China," said Ron...

2007-08-04 05:31:11

BEIJING (AP) - China will fly a pair of giant pandas to Spain next month, state media reported Saturday, following through on a goodwill gesture promised during a visit by Spanish King Juan Carlos to Beijing earlier this year. The pair, seven-year old "Bing Xing" and four-year old "Hua Zui Ba" will be flown from their home in the southwestern city of Chengdu to Madrid on Sept. 8 by chartered plane for a ten-year stay, the Xinhua News Agency said. The pair are due to go on display two weeks...

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2007-04-03 10:34:50

BANGKOK, Thailand - After panda porn failed to spark amour, Thai zoo authorities turned Monday to artificial insemination in the hope of impregnating their lone female giant panda. Authorities at the Chiang Mai Zoo in northern Thailand inseminated Lin Hui with semen from her cage-mate, Chuang Chuang, on Monday morning and will repeat the procedure on Tuesday. The artificial insemination is a last ditch effort to get Lin Hui pregnant, after videos of pandas having sex failed to entice Chuang...

2006-08-08 05:00:00

BEIJING -- A giant panda in China has given birth to the heaviest cub born in captivity after the longest period in labor and elsewhere twin pandas each gave birth to twins, Xinhua news agency reported. Six-year-old Zhang Ka delivered the baby on Monday at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in the mountainous southwest, Xinhua said. The cub weighed just 218 grams (half a pound), but was still the heaviest panda ever born in captivity, where most cubs are born at between 83 and 190 grams,...

2006-07-04 07:05:00

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING -- With the trees in bloom and the sun shining, students strolling the grounds of Beijing's leafy university campuses shouldn't have a care in the world. They've marked themselves out as China's best and brightest by winning coveted places in college and are graduating into a country experiencing breakneck economic growth, social change and cultural revival. So why is Bai Yun worried? The 21-year-old will soon have a degree in computer automation, but he's still...


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