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2010-02-18 13:17:11

A Chinese-led team including international researchers with a scientist from Cardiff University, has shed new light on some of the giant panda's unusual biological traits, including its famously restricted diet. The team has successfully sequenced the panda genome for the first time and now, the genetic insights gleaned from the work may aid conservation efforts for the endangered species. Giant pandas are known for their bamboo diet but the researchers discovered that the animal actually...

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2009-12-13 14:13:58

Chinese scientists have shown that panda genetics are surprisingly similar to a dog's. Scientists from the Beijing Genomics Institute finished sequencing the giant panda genome in October last year but a detailed genome map was only recently completed, Xinhua news agency said. The report said, "The research found there is a high genomic similarity between giant panda and dog." The report then added that the research also supported the view of most scientists that the giant panda may be a...

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2009-11-24 11:00:00

Officials at a panda research center in northwest China's Shaanxi Province have closed the facility to visitors as a precautionary measure intended to protect the animals from being infected by the H1N1 swine flu. The Shaanxi Wild Animal Rescue and Research Center is one of China's four panda research bases. The facility is home to 21 giant pandas, including three cubs born this year. On Tuesday, officials announced that it would be shutting off a 2,000-square-meter area to the public due to...

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2009-11-09 10:16:57

Spending a little time apart seems to have reawakened the affections of a male and female panda that will hopefully lead to a new baby. This is the advice a panda expert sent by China to Taiwan gave to persuade the mating of two pandas given by Beijing to represent the two countries' increasing friendship. After examining the pandas at the Taipei Zoo on Sunday, Chinese expert Zhang Hemin recommended separating the pandas for a month or two to increase the amorous feeling required for...

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2009-09-21 13:32:21

A group of 60 giant pandas relocated by the massive earthquake last year is expected to be returned home by 2012, according to state media. According to a report from Xinhua news on Saturday, the pandas were moved from the Wolong base in southwest China's Sichuan Province following an 8.0-magnitude earthquake last year. Initially there were a total of 63 pandas at Wolong before the May 12, 2008 incident, but one was killed during the earthquake, one is missing and the other died from health...

2009-09-05 08:56:23

A giant panda who delivered a male cub last year has given birth to a female cub at a breeding center in northwest China, officials said. Nine-year-old Zhuzhu, whose name means pearl, gave birth to her newest cub Friday at the Shaanxi Rare Wild Animals Rescue and Breeding Research Center in Xi'an, China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported Saturday. Zhuzhu was artificially inseminated, as was 6-year-old Lousheng, who gave birth three weeks ago to a male and a female cub. The recent baby...

2009-08-22 12:45:06

A giant panda born through artificial insemination has given birth to twins after being artificially inseminated herself, officials in northwest China said. The success of Lousheng's delivery is a great step forward in our propagation technologies, said Jin Xuelin, a spokesman for the Shaanxi Rare Wild Animals Rescue and Breeding Research Center. Lousheng, age 6, gave birth Wednesday to healthy male and female cubs. She was artificially inseminated in March, but caretakers didn't learn she...

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2009-08-19 14:51:32

State media announced Wednesday that a giant panda in northern China has given birth to twins, which is good news for the endangered species. The official Xinhua news agency reported that six-year-old Lousheng delivered a male and female cub in Shaanxi province on Tuesday after being artificially inseminated, which is the same way she was born. According to the report, The Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Research Center is now home to 20 pandas. The report quoted Ma Qingyi, head...

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2009-08-17 12:10:00

Conservation groups have worked tirelessly to save the beloved giant panda of China, which is facing the possibility of extinction within the next two to three generations as its life collides with rapid economic development. The Global Times reported that the fragmentation of their habitats into increasingly small areas has confined the animals, making them unable to seek out mating partners, which has endangered their gene pool. "If the panda cannot mate with those from other habitats, it...

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2009-08-11 15:30:00

China is set to retrace the journey of Pere Jean Pierre Armand David, the French Catholic missionary who made giant pandas known to the West. The move will commemorate the 140th anniversary of the bears' discovery by the outside world, according to a state media report by the Xinhua news agency on Tuesday. The giant black and white bears were virtually unheard of outside China until 1869, when Pere David described one the had been shot by hunters in Ya'an, Sichuan province.  The tale...


Latest Giant Pandas Reference Libraries

Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
2012-10-29 16:02:45

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda, is a species of bear that is native to southwestern and central western areas of China. Its range includes mountain ranges located primarily in Sichuan province, but pandas can also be found in the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It once preferred a habitat within lowland areas, but human encroachment has driven the giant panda into small areas, which contain forested habitats. There are two recognized subspecies of the giant...

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2007-01-22 14:41:19

The red panda, Ailurus fulgens also known as the lesser panda, bear cat or fire fox, is a mostly herbivorous mammal. It is slightly larger than a domestic cat 21.65 in (55 cm) long. The red panda has semi-retractile claws and, like the giant panda, has a "false thumb" which is really an extension of the wrist bone. Thick fur on the soles of the feet offers protection from cold and hides scent glands. For many decades the taxonomic classification of both the red panda and giant panda has been...

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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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