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2007-05-24 00:40:00

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A panda at the Memphis Zoo is definitely pregnant, officials there said Wednesday. Ya Ya, a giant panda, was artificially inseminated in January after she and a male companion failed at mating the old-fashioned way. Since then, the zoo has closely monitored her as the potential due date drew near for the 6-year-old panda. "I'm excited, but I'm also cautious because we have a long way to go before the birth," said Chuck Brady, the zoo's president. Ya Ya is expected to...

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2006-10-18 09:45:34

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo opened its new Asia Trial and giant panda habitat Tuesday, the first phase of a complete makeover of the zoo's exhibits. Seven Asian species now call the $53 million renovated space home. Besides the zoo's three popular giant pandas, the exhibit includes a larger, more prominent space for sloth bears, fishing cats, red pandas, clouded leopards, a Japanese giant salamander and Asian small-clawed otters. "Visitors are treated to up close...

2006-04-28 02:20:00

BEIJING -- China on Friday released a panda bred in captivity into the wild for the first time, and the animal scampered into a nearby bamboo forest where he will be monitored via satellite. Xiang Xiang, a 4-year-old male raised at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in Sichuan province, was trained for almost three years to survive in the wild, the official Xinhua News Agency said. News photos showed dozens of people smiling and clapping behind a waist-high fence as two men lifted the...

2006-04-13 12:52:25

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the U.S. Congress, the Taiwan Caucus works to bolster American support for diplomatically isolated Taiwan, while the India group works to cement ties between the world's two most populous democracies. The much smaller China Caucus, however, is trying to work out whether China is a friend or a foe. China's allies are few on Capitol Hill. A congressional recess during Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington next...

2006-03-23 08:03:52

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian told China on Thursday to drop the idea of giving the island a goodwill gift of a pair of pandas, saying they would not be happy. "A-bian sincerely urges the Chinese leaders to leave the giant pandas in their natural habitat, because pandas brought up in cages or given as gifts will not be happy," Chen wrote in a weekly electronic newsletter, using his nickname. China and Taiwan have been diplomatic and military rivals since their...

2006-01-24 08:00:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent FRONT ROYAL, Virginia (Reuters) - Zoe purrs and grunts when she hears women talking. Just like any house cat wanting her ears scratched, she rubs against the chain-link fence invitingly. But Zoe, who lives at the Smithsonian National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia, is no kitty cat; she's a rare clouded leopard. And the specialists at the center are among the few animal experts in the world who have been able to...

2006-01-24 08:25:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent FRONT ROYAL, Virginia -- Zoe purrs and grunts when she hears women talking. Just like any house cat wanting her ears scratched, she rubs against the chain-link fence invitingly. But Zoe, who lives at the Smithsonian National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia, is no kitty cat; she's a rare clouded leopard. And the specialists at the center are among the few animal experts in the world who have been able to get...

2006-01-06 02:35:00

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING -- China offered two pandas to Taiwan on Friday as a token of peace, but in the same breath accused President Chen Shui-bian of ratcheting up tensions with his support of formal independence for the self-ruled island. Chen signaled a tougher stance toward China in his New Year speech, warning his people of investment risks on the mainland and what he saw as the growing military threat from the island's political foe. China considers Taiwan part of its territory and...

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2005-12-31 10:20:40

WASHINGTON -- Three little brothers whose antics have drawn crowds at the National Zoo for more than a year are all grown up now and getting kicked out of the house. Marah, Jalan and Besar - Sumatran tiger cubs - are approaching 200 pounds apiece, an adult's size. Their mother is pushing them away, another sign that they are no longer little kittens even though they still play that way. Next week, the 19-month-old males are being shipped to Landry's Downtown Aquarium in Denver to become...

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....