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2006-08-08 00:59:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - A giant panda has broken two records in China by giving birth to the heaviest cub born in captivity after the longest period in labor, an exhausting 34 hours, Xinhua news agency said. Six-year-old Zhang Ka delivered the baby, the second born in captivity in the world this year, on Monday at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in the mountainous southwest, Xinhua said in a report late on Monday. The cub weighed just 218 grams (half a pound), but still became...

2005-12-30 18:59:42

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The San Diego Zoo's 5-month-old panda cub, Su Lin, slept through most of her first days on public display this week, but behind the scenes, the fuzzy 15.6-pound (7 kg) panda is performing headstands and nibbling on her mother's ears, a zookeeper said on Friday. Su Lin, one of two panda cubs in the United States, was born on August 2. The panda and her mother, Bai Yun, are on loan to the zoo from the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in China....

2005-11-10 17:45:00

LOS ANGELES -- A giant panda cub born at the San Diego Zoo earlier this year will be named "Su Lin," after the first Giant Panda brought to the United States in 1936, Zoo officials said on Thursday. The name was chosen by 44 percent of the more than 70,000 voters who participated in an online poll and bestowed on the cub 100 days after she was born, in keeping with Chinese tradition, Zoo spokesman Don Lindburg said. Su Lin means "a little bit of something very cute," in Chinese, Lindburg...

2005-08-03 13:11:30

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - San Diego Zoo on Wednesday welcomed a new giant panda cub -- the second to be born in the United States this year and one of the few of the endangered species in captivity to be born naturally. Zoo officials said the 4-ounce (113.5-gram) cub, whose name and gender have yet to be determined, was born late on Tuesday. Thirteen-year-old mother Bai Yun, on loan from China, was originally carrying twins but one of the fetuses died in the womb. In Washington, Mei Xiang...

2005-07-28 18:00:00

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The stork is on its way back to the San Diego Zoo's giant panda habitat. Zoo officials announced Thursday that the 13-year-old panda, Bai Yun, is pregnant again, with twins. Keepers will begin a 24-hour birth watch Friday and say a birth could happen anytime over the next few weeks, said zoo spokeswoman Christina Simmons. Researchers have been monitoring Bai Yun since April when she mated with male panda Gao Gao. Bai Yun has kept from public view since July 15 as she...

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