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2005-10-13 05:10:00

BEIJING -- China's Taiwan Affairs Office, used to discussing a delicate relationship with an island it considers its own, on Thursday presented pictures and resumes of 11 pandas in the running to be sent as a gift across the strait. A list of 23 of the endangered animals was whittled down to 11 and the lucky winners, a boy and a girl, will be picked for their looks as well as "psychological health," officials said. The successful candidates will be the two which "most closely represent the...

2005-09-29 14:35:00

MEXICO CITY-- Mexican giant panda Shuan Shuan was back in her Mexico City enclosure on Thursday, jet-lagged and chewing glumly on a pile of bamboo leaves after failing to find passion with a suitor in a Tokyo zoo. Shuan Shuan, 18 and born in Mexico, was flown back from Japan earlier this week, dashing hopes that a far eastern romance might get her pregnant, after attempts to spark chemistry with Beijing-born Ling Ling, 20, fizzled out. "We couldn't get them to mate," said Mexico City zoo...

2005-08-25 13:40:00

LOS ANGELES -- Three weeks after a giant panda cub was born at the San Diego Zoo, veterinarians confirmed on Thursday that the newborn is a girl. "The veterinary staff had its suspicions during the cub's first exam last week but chose to wait one more week to get a second look," the zoo said in a written statement. The cub -- who in keeping with Chinese tradition won't be named until she is 100 days old -- now weighs 22 ounces (618 grams) and is 11.6 inches (29.5 cms) long from the tip of the...

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...

2005-08-02 12:12:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's a boy -- a quick peek at the baby panda born last month at Washington's National Zoo showed it is a male, the zoo said on Tuesday. Curious veterinarians at the Smithsonian National Zoo lured giant panda Mei Xiang out of her den with a bamboo snack and sneaked a look at her cub, which was born July 9. The cub is now 12 inches (30 cm) long and weighs 1.8 pounds (825.7 grams), the zoo said in a statement. Veterinarian Sharon Deem was also able to listen to its...

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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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2005-07-10 16:41:01

WASHINGTON -- Giant panda Mei Xiang appeared to be nursing her day-old cub on Sunday, a positive sign of survival for a tiny bear susceptible to malnutrition, bacterial infection and even the lumbering of its 250-pound mother. The National Zoo's first panda cub in 16 years survived its initial 24 hours - a benchmark for pandas born in captivity - and continued to emit such a robust squeal that zoo officials were optimistic about the days ahead. "Everything seems to be going fine," zoo...

2005-07-09 19:53:11

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panda cub the size of a stick of butter was born early Saturday at the National Zoo (in Washington), the first for the pair of endangered bears now living there and a milestone for the zoo. Mei Xiang gave birth at 3:41 a.m. (0741 GMT) and zoo veterinarians were watching closely to see how the tiny cub, which weighs just ounces (grams), will fare in its first critical days. "Luckily, right now both mother and cub are doing really, really well," said...

2005-07-09 07:40:00

WASHINGTON -- The National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth early Saturday to a squealing, vigorous cub that was conceived through artificial insemination. The typical cub weighs 3 ounces to 5 ounces and is about the size of a stick of butter. It was too early to determine the gender and exact weight of the cub, zoo officials said, because veterinarians kept their distance, not wanting to interrupt the mother-cub bonding. Zoo officials were monitoring the pair via cameras in their...

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2005-05-03 09:30:49

BEIJING (AFP) - Big, clumsy and unable to speak any foreign language, pandas would not appear to make great diplomats -- but that has not prevented them playing a starring role in Chinese foreign policy. China wrote another chapter in the history of panda diplomacy Tuesday, when it announced its willingness to present two giant pandas to Taiwan as a goodwill gesture. The move, timed to coincide with the departure of Taiwan opposition leader Lien Chan after an eight-day visit, echoed earlier...


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