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Panda Cub's Twin Was Stillborn
2013-08-26 04:49:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While a giant panda cub born Friday afternoon at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington was said to be in good health following a 10-minute physical exam Sunday morning, zoo officials have revealed that its mother had also given birth to a second, stillborn cub over the weekend. According to Michael E. Ruane of the Washington Post, the second cub was born on Saturday evening. While stillbirths in giant pandas are said to...

2012-08-28 11:01:59

As solitary animals, giant pandas have developed a number of ways to communicate those times when they are ready to come into close contact. One means of this communication occurs through scent marking. A recent study by San Diego Zoo Global researchers, collaborating with researchers at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, indicates that pandas make clear and specific choices about what trees are used for scent marking. "Variables affecting the selection of scent-marking...

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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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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...

2008-12-14 16:11:15

The San Diego Zoo will receive pandas from China during the next five years under a new loan agreement between the two sides, officials say. Giant Panda Conservation Foundation President David Towne said the loan agreement during the ongoing economic crisis worldwide will allow the tourist site to continue to receive pandas from China, but at nearly half the cost, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday. An official with the China Wildlife Conservation Association praised the deal for...

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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...

2006-09-07 10:59:06

BEIJING (AP) - A giant panda in southwest China has given birth to a pair of twins, state media said, the latest additions in a baby boom for the endangered animals. Ya Ya, who lives in the Chongqing Zoo, delivered the babies about an hour apart early Tuesday, China News Service said. They were her first cubs, it said, and both mother and babies are healthy. The zoo has been closed for a week to give Ya Ya some peace, it said. One has been taken to the Wolong Giant Panda Protection and...

2006-08-17 00:35:00

BEIJING -- The lightest panda cub born in captivity is doing well and putting on weight since his premature birth in China on the same day the heaviest incubator-bred panda was born at another research center, state media said on Thursday. The male cub only weighed 51 grams (1.8 ounces) when he was born at the Chengdu Giant Panda Reproduction and Research Center on August 7 along with his twin brother, who was almost three times as heavy, Xinhua news agency said. Most pandas born in captivity...