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2011-04-23 08:35:00

Seven lion cubs, born to sister lionesses Shera and Naba last year at the National Zoo in Washington DC, are about to turn seven and eight months old, and will soon be separated."We still call them cubs and we still think of them as toddlers," said lion keeper Rebecca Stites. But if their mother wasn't there for them, "they wouldn't do so well on their own."Still, their youth is short-lived. Experts will hold a matchmaking meeting in the coming weeks to decide where the lions will spend their...

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2011-02-07 09:51:10

How smart are copy cats? Maybe it depends on your species You know the saying "monkey see, monkey do?" How about "orangutan see, orangutan do?" If that holds true, the small orangutan peering over his mother's shoulder in an enclosure at Zoo Atlanta should learn how to get a tasty treat just by watching how she gets one. "One of the questions that we were looking at is how individuals learn from one another," says Marietta Dindo, a primatologist studying orangutans and their behaviors. With...

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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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2011-01-20 13:25:39

A Chinese conservation official said on Wednesday that China is extending its so-called panda diplomacy agreement with the U.S., which would allow giant pandas to stay at the National Zoo in Washington for another five years. "This is a great opportunity ... to advance our friendship," Zang Chunlin, secretary-general of the China Wildlife Conservation Association, told reporters. A signing ceremony to extend the just-completed decade-long agreement was to take place Thursday at the zoo....

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2010-06-11 06:10:00

Tigers, on the verge of extinction for years, still have a chance to be saved, but their continued survival has two huge hurdles to overcome: deforestation and the black market. Tigers numbered 100,000 or more a century ago and were widespread across Asia, from India to China and through Russia. But today, it is estimated that no more than 3,500 tigers remain in the wild. "Tigers are on a decline, they are threatened by habitat destruction and poaching," Joseph Vattakaven, one of India's...

2009-09-30 15:39:04

The National Zoo in Washington said the departure of a 5,000-pound hippo for Milwaukee was handled discretely with a covered crate on a flatbed truck. Officials at the zoo said Happy the hippopotamus was trucked from the zoo Monday morning without any fanfare to avoid upsetting the animal during the 18-hour drive to Wisconsin's Milwaukee County Zoo, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. It wasn't in his interest to have him see out (of the crate), or to have anybody be able to see in,...

2009-06-18 17:00:22

One dad at the National Zoo in Washington -- a male rhea -- is learning that raising children gets easier as time goes on. The zoo's adult male rhea will be celebrating his second straight Father's Day with a brood of his own, having incubated and raised his charges once they were hatched, the zoo said in a news release Thursday. The four chicks, hatched May 8, are reaping the benefits of dad having a year of paternity under his wing. Zoo officials said he seemed unruffled about being a...

2009-01-14 17:49:53

The National Zoo in Washington issued a public appeal Wednesday for bamboo after the food supply for the zoo's giant pandas became dangerously low. The zoo said bamboo supplies on its grounds did not regrow this year and the main consumers of the green stalks, giant pandas Tai Shan, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, collectively eat about 1,400 pounds of bamboo per week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Smaller amounts of bamboo are also consumed by raccoon-sized red pandas, elephants and...

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2008-12-11 12:50:00

Throughout history, human beings have used the whistle for everything from hailing a cab to carrying a tune. Now, an orangutan's spontaneous whistling is providing scientists at Great Ape Trust of Iowa new insights into the evolution of speech and learning. In a paper published this month in Primates, an international journal of primatology that provides a forum on all aspects of primates in relation to humans and other animals, Great Ape Trust scientist Dr. Serge Wich and his colleagues...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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